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Think yoga's too mellow to burn calories? Think again. You can burn the same amount of calories in an hour-long yoga class as you'd burn from walking for an hour (about 250-350 calories). In addition, yoga improves muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance.

When trying to consume enough fruits and vegetables in a day, don't forget that vegetable soup and juices like V8 count towards that total.

When eating a meal, start by eating the low-calorie items first. By starting with salads and veggies, by the time you get to the meats and starches you'll be full enough to be content with smaller portions of these higher-calorie items.

A typical restaurant entree (not counting the bread, appetizer, beverage and dessert) has between 1000 and 2000 calories.

Free weights help strengthen not only your main larger muscles, but also your smaller stabilizer muscles since they require you to balance and stabilize as you lift. In this way they can be more effective than machines.

To help avoid muscle injuries, start slowly and gradually increase intensity within your workout. Muscles need time to adjust to the new demands that higher intensity activities place on them.

If you're ever feeling under the weather or tired, rather than breaking the workout habit try doing activities more suited to how you're feeling; if you're tired try swimming, if you have a cold try walking, stretching or yoga.

By adding a variety of activities to your workout, you'll not only avoid boredom but also target a greater variety of muscles.

Boredom often leads people to quit their fitness routine; try doing a different cardio exercise every day of the week to avoid this. Using the treadmill, swimming, playing basketball, aerobic boxing, and Power Yoga are all awesome ways to get in your cardio.

Eating small meals every two to three hours throughout the day, rather than two or three large meals, allows your metabolism to operate at an optimal level.

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