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12345Gen­er­ally, a high-calo­rie diet goes hand in hand with an in­ac­tive life­style, paving the way for car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, hy­per­ten­sion, obe­sity, di­a­betes, stroke and other health prob­lems.

If this sounds like you, it is time to take con­trol of your health and take steps to be­come more ac­tive. Here are some handy hints to get you started: Wear a pe­dome­ter. Start with small goals such as 4000 steps a day, with your ul­ti­mate tar­get 10,000 steps. Make it a rule not to waste time search­ing for a car park close to the shop­ping cen­tre. Park fur­ther away and walk. At work, drink lots of water or her­bal tea. Not only is this a healthy prac­tice, but it will prompt you to get up out of your chair more fre­quently to go to the kitchen and the bath­room. If you have stairs at home, walk them twice each time you go up or down­stairs. If you watch TV at night, set your­self a tar­get to do 10 squats dur­ing each ad break, or even each time you go to the bath­room.

6When­ever you travel by bus, get off two stops early and walk the rest of the way. Al­ways take the stairs in­stead of the es­ca­la­tor or lift. Stand up wher­ever you can – on the bus, at work, talk­ing on your mo­bile – be­cause stand­ing uses more calo­ries than sit­ting. Buy a bi­cy­cle and cy­cle in­stead of driv­ing when go­ing out lo­cally. Get in­volved in a week­end walk­ing group or team sport. By Kirsty Welsh, Fit­ness First Per­sonal Trainer

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