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2. Exercise regularly

When trying to achieve long-lasting fitness, the frequency at which you exercise is of utmost importance.

"As a general rule, if you want to be ‘fit’, you need to be doing something physical at least six days a week. But that doesn’t mean you have to lift weights each day, or run every time."

To maintain a healthy fitness level, it is recommended that high-intensity workouts be broken up with light cardio, or ‘recovery’ activities. Take a dance class, go to Body Jam or try boxing. Break this up with a half-an-hour walk three times a week and a swim on the seventh day and your body will be fit but not overworked.

"And because the effects of weight-training last roughly two weeks (whereas cardio lasts only three days), resistance training twice a week is plenty,"
says Carver.