This Shy Guy's Barber Said he Should Grow A Beard - And It Ended Up Changing His Entire Life

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Gwilym Pugh's life changed drastically after taking a trip to the barber. On that day, he was given advice from his barber, and he took it seriously. Over the next several years, Pugh continued evolving to the point where he is now almost a completely different person. Many people want to improve their health and fitness, with some wanting to lose weight and gain muscle or develop a healthy mindset. Transforming your physique, lifestyle, and health doesn't happen overnight, but if you are patient, you will achieve your goals.

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Gwilym Pugh

Gwilym Pugh is thirty-three years old and from Wales. He now lives in London and has transformed into a new person in the last several years. His story is one of remarkable transformation. 

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He has changed physically, mentally, and even his changed his career. Pugh and his story have been featured in many publications, and he states that he is a much happier and healthier man than he was before.

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Back In 2006, Pugh Was Spending A Lot Of Time At Home

In 2006, Pugh was spending the majority of his time at home, as that was when he began his own life insurance business. He worked really hard for roughly twelve hours a day, but his job had him sitting at a desk most of the time. 

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His sedentary lifestyle caused him to gain a lot of weight, and at one point, he weighed about two hundred and eighty pounds. As a result, he also had many injuries that kept him from going to the gym to work out. His business was thriving, but his personal life was suffering.

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Magic Rooster Brothers

Pugh started a folk country band with his friend Calum Ross, and they named the band Magic Rooster Brothers. Pugh was the guitarist in the band, and it was during that time that he went to the barbershop. 

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The barber told him that he should grow out his beard because it would fit the folk band look. Pugh took the advice wholeheartedly and stopped shaving his stubble and let it grow. He grew an impressive auburn-colored beard, which became his trademark.

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Pugh Began To Turn His Unhealthy Lifestyle Around

He decided it was time to change other areas of his life as well. He started by changing his diet, which meant no more take-out meals. He then made his biggest move, which was quitting his job as an insurance agent. 

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During an interview, he said, "It was the best thing for my health as I stopped sitting for nine or ten hours a day." In addition, he increased his daily step count to about fifteen thousand every day.

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Welshman Joined Instagram

Pugh slowly started to lose weight, and in a couple of years, he became a different person. He decided to join Instagram, and he quickly grew his fan base. At first, he joined social media so that he could promote his band. 

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But his following grew and became way bigger than he ever thought that it would. Not only did he gain thousands of followers, but he also got noticed by the right people. Not long after, he started to do some modeling.

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He First Posed For A Book Called 100 Beards

One of his first jobs was posing for a book called 100 Beards, and then he went on to take part in another photography project. He signed with a well-respected modeling agency in London and has had steady work. 

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After dropping from two hundred eighty pounds down to one hundred ninety pounds, the industry just couldn't get enough of him. Pugh had become a sought-after model, and the public couldn't get enough of him either.

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Vans And Diesel Asked Him To Work On Their Campaigns

After Pugh's Instagram snowballed with more than three hundred and five thousand followers, he was lucky enough to work with some huge brands and famous figures. 

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He ended up working on Vans and Diesel's campaigns. Vans are a very popular shoe brand and Diesel is an Italian clothing company that sells denim and other clothing, footwear, and accessories. The brand includes Diesel, Diesel Black Gold, and Diesel Kid.

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Pugh To Represent Haig Club Whiskey, David Beckham's Latest Venture

Pugh said his biggest success to date was teaming up with famous football player David Beckham. Pugh was picked by Beckham to represent his Haig Club whiskey. The whiskey is crafted at the oldest grain distillery in Scotland. 

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David Beckham is mostly known as a former professional footballer, but he is also the president and co-owner of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City.

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Pugh Further Uses His New Found Fame To Encourage Others

Even though he has had a lot of success, he has stayed grounded. He stated, "Having worked in finance for years, the opportunity to work with creative people and travel around the world is amazing. You forget how nuts it is; it all becomes normal." 

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"I try not to get caught up in it all, and my girlfriend helps a great deal with that. I'm so incredibly grateful to everyone commenting kind words and supporting me." He uses his success and fame to encourage others. "Anything is possible if you give it enough time and patience."

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There Is No Secret

Some people believe that there is a secret to getting healthy and losing weight. However, there really isn't a secret, and different things work for different people. 

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What most don't realize is that making one big change isn't enough; you need to make big changes in all areas of your health, exercise, etc. What works best is a combination of many small diets, fitness, and lifestyle changes.

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When It Comes To Workouts, More Isn't Always Better

Another thing that people believe is that you should work out as much as you possibly can. However, depending on your body and goals, more is not always better. It is often unnecessary and might even make it harder for you to make progress. 

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Working out too much without enough rest can lead to overtraining, which in turn makes it harder to lose weight. Trainers often recommend that you work out three to four times per week, allowing yourself to rest between workouts.

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You Don't Need To Feel Like You're Going To Pass Out After Every Workout

There is a method of exercise called HIIT (high-intensity interval training). It is said to be time-efficient, burns a lot of calories, and provides a serious endorphin boost. However, most trainers will tell you to do fewer HIIT workouts and more weightlifting. 

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If your goal is to reshape your body and lose weight, lifting weights is the most efficient route. Weightlifting helps you retain muscle mass while losing fat. You should never feel like you are going to pass out after workouts because that means you are pushing your body too far.

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You Can't Ignore Your Diet

Exercise is something that should be a part of everyone’s lives, but that alone is not going to make you healthy. If you are wanting to lose weight, then you will need to change your diet as well. 

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You need to eat fewer calories than you’re burning. If you want to see results, you should track your meals and control your calorie intake. You can’t ignore your diet and expect to reach your goal.

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Changing Your Diet Is Hard

Changing your diet is not an easy thing to do, especially if you enjoy unhealthy foods. Transitioning to dialing in your nutrition is not easy. Many of us use food for more than just nourishment and enjoyment. 

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Sometimes food is used to soothe deep-down, uncomfortable feelings. Making more time for self-care is so important and what you put in your body is a huge part of that.

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Don't Give Up The Foods You Love

Just because you change your diet and are eating healthier doesn’t mean you can’t ever have your favorite foods. If you cut your favorite foods out of your diet completely, you will just crave them even more, which can result in binge eating. 

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Instead, you can learn to eat them in moderation and fill the rest of your day with healthy foods. The truth is that life is too short to stop baking if you love it or to avoid wine night with your friends.

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Find Something You Like About Eating Healthy And Exercising That Has Nothing To Do With Weight Loss

It’s important to find something you like about eating healthy and exercising that isn’t about losing weight. Sustainable progress takes time, and creating new habits takes time as well. 

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Some find that it helps to put visual changes and progress on the back burner because it allows them to lose weight in a sustainable way. It’s important to work on your relationship with food.

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Perfection Is The Enemy Of Progress

When trying to get healthy and exercise, make sure to give yourself some grace. Many can relate to starting their healthy diet, messing up, starting, and stopping again. 

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That happens because we tend to believe that if we can’t follow our diet perfectly, then what is the point at all? However, perfection is not required, and pressuring yourself to be perfect just leads to self-sabotage. You need to accept that you aren’t perfect.

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Taking Progress Pictures Feels Silly But You Will Be Happy You Did It

Taking progress pictures can feel silly and dumb, but you will be happy later that you have done it. You will be able to look back and see how far you have come, both physically and emotionally. 

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It’s hard to notice the changes in yourself, and the changes are sometimes not reflected on the scale or in measurements. Photos, on the other hand, will show your transformation and progress.

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Getting Your 'Dream Body' Won't Make You Love Yourself Any More Than You Did Before

Most of us look at photos and dream of having that perfect body. However, if you aren’t happy with your body, it can be hard to find something you love about it. If you instead focus on what your body can do, you will start to love the body you already have. 

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Try to focus on feeling grateful that you have a healthy body that allows you to wake up every day, work out, and live your life. Self-love will most likely always be a work in progress, and that is okay.

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Ease Into It

One of the most important pieces of advice for someone just starting out is to ease into your new routine. Going from being a physically inactive person to going to the gym seven days a week isn’t reasonable. The same goes for your diet; don’t try to completely change it overnight. 

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Take baby steps in the beginning by going to the gym three times a week and trying to eat just fewer calories. As time goes on, you can increase your workouts and change your diet more. If you stay on this path and stay consistent, you will likely be more successful.

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Respect Your Recovery

It is also very important to treat recovery as a vital part of your body's transformation. Your body won’t have the same tolerance in the beginning as a regular gym-goer. In addition, your body adapts during periods of rest. 

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You will not lose body fat or build muscle if you don’t get quality sleep. Your hormones will be out of whack. The most important thing is to pay attention to your body and if it’s telling you to rest, then rest.

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Set Achievable Goals And Then Break Them Down Into Smaller Goals

Be realistic and set achievable goals because breaking them down into smaller goals could be the difference between failure and success. An example would be, planning to lose seventy pounds in one year, but a year is a long time and may seem too far away. 

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So, break that goal into bite-sized goals, such as losing roughly six pounds a month. It will allow you to track your progress and be able to stay on track.

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Plan For Cheat Days

Cheat days are very controversial, as some believe they shouldn’t be allowed. However, even hardcore bodybuilders allow themselves cheat days. The “planned hedonic goal deviations” help us stay true to our goals when we are dieting. 

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A study done at RC Vale and Associates showed that people who enjoyed a cheat day once a week had increased motivation and self-control when it came to dieting. The two groups both achieved almost identical weight loss, even though one was allowed a cheat day and one wasn’t.

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Get A Coach

Some people also choose to hire a coach or private trainer to help them stay on track. A person’s accountability goes up because you are spending money on their services. 

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Also, the trainer will do everything they can to help you hit your goals. A trainer will structure workout programs, put together a nutrition plan, and push you. However, you still need to have discipline.

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A Health Scare Gave Andrew Goldblatt The Shock He Needed To Lose 220lbs And Find A Love Of Weight-Lifting

When Andrew Goldblatt was twenty-five years old, he had a seizure and wasn’t able to go to the hospital because of his weight and size. His father died when he was just fifteen years old, and he fell into a deep depression. He basically laid in bed all day and consumed ten thousand calories every day. 

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He gained more than two hundred pounds, eventually weighing five hundred and forty pounds and being bedridden. Andrew realized that he needed to make some big changes, so he started by walking one mile per day. He fell in love with lifting weights and eventually lost two hundred and twenty pounds.

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James Van Der Beek Got Shredded By Taking Up Dancing

James Van Der Beek is well-known for the show Dawson's Creek and, most recently, appeared on Dancing with the Stars in 2019. He was forty-two years old, and because they trained and danced six hours daily, he leaned out. 

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James stated, "Fight training vs. dancing. I'd been training in Muay Thai three days a week for about six months when I hit pause to dance six hours a day. Now I can rhumba."

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Nakeshia Thompson Has Lost 94lbs By Finding New Mental Strength In The Gym

Nakeshia Thompson, from Texas, used to eat a massive amount of fast food and admitted that she had no self-control. She ate her emotions, was obsessed with food, and let her eating get extremely out of control. 

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She eventually realized she needed to change her life around and started pushing herself to go to the gym. She was able to find more mental strength and control and lost ninety-four pounds.

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Kelly Howland Has Overcome Her Struggles With Binge Eating And Lost 90lbs In The Process

Kelly Howland is an Instagrammer from Michigan who is very open about her past experiences with abuse and binge-eating disorder. She started a journey to build a healthier lifestyle for herself. 

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She has been able to lose ninety pounds of physical weight, but she also lost metaphorical weight. She said she saw the trauma melting off of her as she became stronger and she reclaimed ownership of herself.

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Gabrielle May Stopped Eating Refined Sugars And Dropped Five Dress Sizes

Gabrielle May is a mother of five children and has been living a sedentary lifestyle and mindlessly eating packaged, unhealthy foods. She was up to one hundred and ninety-eight pounds when she decided it was time for a big change. 

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Gabrielle eats smaller portions, works out, and doesn't deny herself particular foods. She lost a total of sixty-six pounds and cut down on refined added sugar because it made her feel awful.

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Tracking Her Calories Helped Regan Patterson Drop 80lbs

Twenty-seven-year-old Regan Patterson had tried several weight loss programs, including a low-carb diet, but none of them were sustainable. She would always gain the weight back. Today, she follows an eschewing gad diet and counts macros and calories. 

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She said that she made sure to get enough protein and learned a lot about a balanced diet. She doesn't think about the before and after but focuses on the before and during. She doesn't ever want to revert to her old ways, and there really isn't an end date.

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A New Year's Eve Photo Of Jenny Wagner Shocked Her Into Losing 100lbs Through Intermittent Fasting And Following The Keto Diet

Jenny Wagner was thirty years old and was in denial about her body. When she was in her 20s, she developed polycystic ovary syndrome, got married, and started to gain weight. She was up to two hundred and forty pounds at one point. 

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However, she started a keto diet along with intermittent fasting and lost eighty pounds in nine months. She then switched to counting calories and lost another twenty pounds. She now has a huge following on Instagram, which is where she shares her story and photos.

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Hannah Day Decided She Wanted To Love Herself Again, And Is Now 100lbs Down

Hannah Day had gained so much weight that she wasn't able to take care of her family anymore. She couldn't fit into the biggest sizes in her favorite clothing stores and no longer loved herself. She decided it was time to change her habits and her life. 

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Hannah said, "Changing my mindset to getting healthy, not just 'losing weight,' made a transformation outwardly but inwardly too. Remembering how hopeless I was before I started my journey to now feeling amazing and truly finding inner happiness."

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Sam Gwazdauskas Transformed Her Mindset, And Her Body Followed

Sam Gwazdauskas is a certified sports nutritionist, body positivity advocate, and strength and conditioning coach. She shares her story on Instagram about how her body has changed over the years due to suffering from eating disorders. 

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However, in 2019, she successfully managed to transform her mindset when it came to fitness and food. She was exhausted from all of the dieting but was finally able to make her mental and physical health the priority.

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Body Transformation: Charlene Bazarian Loses 92lbs

While Charlene Bazarian was in the process of changing her health and weight, she had three children. She was worried that having a baby would make her go off track and gain the weight back. However, she continued working out during her pregnancy and quickly lost the pregnancy weight. 

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She had at one point weighed two hundred and eight pounds and her 'aha moment' came when she was at the spa and had to ask for a larger robe because the one size fits all was too small. She started by doing workout videos at home and then hired a personal trainer.

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Body Transformation: Alex DePinto Lost 50lbs In 6 Months

Alex DePinto said that he never worried about what he ate or about his body. He had ended a relationship and wanted to make a change. He decided to focus one hundred percent on himself and his health. He did research on lifting weights and decided to start playing racquetball. 

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He learned that his diet was also important, and he started eating small, clean meals every two to three hours during the day. He also allowed himself one cheat meal per week.

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Body Transformation: Nancy Reinhardt Didn't Let Degenerating Discs Stop Her

Nancy Reinhardt developed a passion for fitness when she was a senior in high school and went on to teach aerobics. She trained both men and women and managed health clubs. However, in her early 20s, she let herself go, especially after having five children. 

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She focused on everyone but herself, and at thirty-eight years old, she was about two hundred pounds. Her back started causing her problems in 2009, and she knew she needed to change her life. She incorporated a clean diet and lost about fifty pounds.

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Body Transformation: Jade Socoby's Powerlifting Journey

Jade Socoby made a lot of mental changes after getting out of an abusive relationship. She had been bullied all of her life, had zero confidence, ate fast food daily, and had no direction. 

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When she first began, she dabbled in everything, including a lot of basic weight lifting. She said that the majority of her transformation was weight training and powerlifting. Her favorite things are stadium steps and hiking.

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Slow Down Your Eating

How fast you eat does affect how much you eat, which in turn, affects your weight gain. Studies have shown that fast eaters are much more likely to eat more and have a higher BMI than slow eaters. Your hormones control your appetite, how much you eat, and how full you get. 

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It takes the brain twenty minutes to receive messages, which is why eating slower gives your brain the time it needs to perceive that you're full. Eating slowly is also linked to more thorough chewing, which is also linked to improved weight.

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Don't Shop Without A List

A very helpful tip when trying to fix your diet is always to make a list when grocery shopping. Make a list ahead of time and stick to your list. 

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Also, never go to the store hungry because you are more likely to buy items that you shouldn't and that aren't on your list. Not having a list leaves room for impulse buying, and being hungry can cause you to buy less nutritious foods. This strategy will also save you money.

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Drink Enough Water

Drinking enough water is very important for everyone and is a massive part of being healthy. Several studies have shown that drinking water helps you lose weight and promotes weight maintenance. 

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It can even increase the number of calories you burn every day. It can also reduce your appetite and food intake, it will drastically reduce your intake of sugar and calories, and it will improve diet quality.

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Get A Good Night's Sleep

Sleep is another very important part of being healthy, and its importance can't be overstated. Not getting enough sleep disrupts appetite regulation and will often lead to increased appetite. It results in increased calorie intake and weight gain. 

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In fact, people who don't get enough sleep tend to weigh more than those who do get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can also affect your concentration, productivity, glucose metabolism, athletic performance, and immune function. It can also increase your risk of many diseases.

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Swimming

One of the best exercises is swimming because the buoyancy of the water supports your body and takes the strain off your joints. It allows you to move your joints more fluidly. 

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It is especially good for people with arthritis. Swimming can also improve your mental state, putting you in a better mood. Another option besides just casually swimming is water aerobics, which helps you burn calories and tone up.

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Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that combines relaxation and movement. It is very good for both your body and mind and is often called "meditation in motion." It is made up of a series of graceful movements, one transitioning smoothly into the next. 

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Tai chi classes are offered at several levels, which makes it accessible for people of all ages and fitness levels. Dr. Lee stated, "It's particularly good for older people because balance is an important component of fitness, and balance is something we lose as we get older."

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Strength Training

Strength Training doesn't bulk up your muscles, but it does keep them strong. Strong muscles help burn calories, and strength training can also help preserve brain function in later years. 

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However, it is important that you learn the proper form and start light with one or two-pound weights. Gradually increase by a pound or two as the weeks go on, and only once you are able to lift the weights through the entire range of motion more than twelve times.

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Walking

Walking is a powerful exercise, and it can help you stay trim, strengthen bones, improve cholesterol levels, keep blood pressure in check, lift your mood, and lower your risk for a number of diseases. 

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Some studies have even shown that walking can improve memory and resist age-related memory loss. Just make sure that you have a well-fitting and supportive pair of shoes, and start slow.

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Squats

Traditional squats are important because they target the muscles in your lower body. You can even load the squat using weights. Trainer Natalie Yco stated, "Not only is the squat a functional move that mimics everyday life, such as sitting and standing in a chair. It also increases our anabolic hormones and is important for spine and core strength."

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There are several different squat variations, but if you are just starting out, wall squats with a stability ball placed between your back and a wall.

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Interval Training

Interval training added to your cardiovascular workout will boost your fitness level and help you lose weight. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or an exercise veteran. 

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The way it works is to push the intensity or pace for a minute or two, then back off for anywhere from two to ten minutes. You continue doing this throughout the workout. The more power the aerobic system has, the more likely you are to burn calories.

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Lunges

Lunges are similar to squats, as they work all the major muscles of the lower body. It is a great exercise because it mimics walking, only exaggerated. They help improve your balance as well. 

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A lunge is done by taking a big step forward, keeping your spine in a neutral position. Next, bend your front knee to roughly ninety degrees, keeping weight on the back toes and dropping the knee of your back leg toward the floor.

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Make Time For Yourself

One of the most important tips for living a healthy life is to always make time for yourself. Alone time is sometimes good because it provides you with a chance to reflect, plan, and relax. 

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Recharging is necessary. You should take one hour or two a day to read, walk, exercise, or simply just sit in silence. Value the time you have alone and use it to heal and refresh.

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