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To Your Health with Lalo Fuentes

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Fitness expert Lalo Fuentes, a celebrity trainer, has helped many people get in shape and be healthy. A native of Peru, Lalo grew up in a house close to the beach and led an active lifestyle. When his family moved to Miami when he was 15, he and his siblings enjoyed mountain biking, go carts, kite surfing, and all sort of outdoor fun. His active lifestyle eventually led to a career in fitness. After studying finance in college, Lalo began his fitness career in New York, taking on clients and eventually branching out into his own business that today includes personal training, fitness DVDs, nutrition and cooking instruction (thanks to his training at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education), fitness gear, and even leading fitness trips and retreats.

The trainer to actors, models, TV personalities and more sheds light on the areas that hold the keys to our physical fitness – eating, activity and attitude.

How does someone get started?
First, start with a balanced diet. A “diet” is just how you eat. A “diet” shouldn’t mean falling into the trap of dramatically and instantly changing your diet or “starting on Monday,” or indulging in a rich food and then completely falling off the wagon. Then, begin moving. What you do fitness wise, really depends on who you are and on your lifestyle. There is no magic workout or magic diet to follow that will give you magical results. It’s just movement. Movement is a key for healthy living. Also, as you get moving and become more active, listen to your body. A healthy diet typically follows movement. If you run one mile every morning your body may not going to want a heavy breakfast.

What does a healthy diet mean?
First, practice portion control. To gradually reduce portions, make your portions smaller by ¼ every two weeks. You can eat a variety of foods, just in small portions. Make lean proteins like lean meats, chicken or fish, a part of your diet. Include good fats such as olive oil; nutritious carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables and fiber..

What activities do you recommend for summer?
Whatever gets you motivated. Movement is the key, if you keep yourself motivated and moving then it doesn’t matter the activity, he continues. There’s no magic workout. Rollerblading, yoga, running, anything will do, as long as you break a sweat.

How can you speed up your metabolism?
How you do that is firing up the body. Break a sweat at least once per day, and watch how long you are exercising. if you are only doing only 20 minutes per day you, should do It daily.

What gets in the way of your fitness goals?
Your attitude. Fitness is really about you and about your making the conscious decision to get moving. You have to say, “I am going to do something about it.” Go for a walk or run, and simply begin. It doesn’t have to be difficult, he says. Start with 20 minutes per day and progress until you are working out longer.

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Need ideas for some get-moving activities this summer? Consider these warm-weather options:

  • Swimming
  • Gardening
  • Walking

Source: HispanicHealth.org

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