Fit, Flexible, and Fed


Jenny Rasmussen

This is a picture of me training at a fitness center. I workout here to stay fit and strong.

By Paje Rasmussen

Even if you don’t want to be an olympic athlete, you can still keep your body in prime shape, by doing some easy workouts and eating the right foods. Here are some easy tips on simple ways to staying healthy, without much effort.

Be Active

Move. You don’t have to workout for 4 hours a day to be active, just move. Whether that’s taking a walk around your neighborhood, riding your bike to school or work, or doing some jumping-jacks in between commercials while watching your favorite T.V. show. Whatever you decide, try to do something active 60 minutes a day. But if you are interested in doing a hard-core workout, try running on a treadmill, doing lunges or squats, or some core exercises, like sit-ups or crunches.

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” John F. Kennedy

Eating Habits

Being healthy mostly consists of the food you eat, because the energy you give your body has to be used, or turned into fat. People used to believe you got fat when you ate fatty foods, but that is false. Fat is actually essential for your brain and body, because we can’t make it on our own. Sugar is actually what turns into fat in our body. And candy bars aren’t the only food out there that carry sugar either. Baked potatoes are considered a starch, but as soon as it enters your bloodstream, it turns into sugar. Try to eat proteins like chicken, lean meats, and eggs. Fruit is my personal favorite when I need a little snack. But at all costs, you should try not to eat a lot of sugar or constantly snack. Snacking is the worst way to eat because you are never satisfied and end up eating a lot more than you should. A combination of being active and eating good foods is how to be the most fit.


Staying flexible has proven to be really hard for me. As an athlete, I am working out all the time, and I often find myself really sore and tight. Stretching plays a huge part in loosening tight muscles. After an exercise, sit down and grab your toes. This stretches the back of your legs, called your hamstrings. This is a common sore muscle after working out- so make sure to keep it loose! Being flexible also prevents injury- so if working out is a common occurrence in your life, consider stretching more often.

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