In the pursuit of achieving a greater level of fitness there are many things to consider. Exercise is extremely important but there is another element that is often forgotten in the search for improved fitness and health: diet.
Yes, exercise and diet go hand in hand in improving the health and fitness of any individual. If you have decided to begin to work on increasing your level of physical fitness, which can add many benefits to your day to day life as well as your overall health (such as resistance to sickness, more energy throughout the day, the need for less sleep at night, and many, many other health benefits), you should not only consider a regimen of exercise but also think about improving your diet. The old saying “you are what you eat” is not just a silly little saying we tell our children when we want them to eat their broccoli, they are words that ring as true for a 40 year old as they do for a toddler.
There is rarely a need for the drastic extremist diets that seem to be very popular nowadays that suggest you completely remove certain food items from your diet (for example the Atkins Diet, which demands a nearly complete absence of carbohydrates in the regular diet), especially when it comes to achieving better physical fitness (although sometimes these types of diets are necessary for certain health conditions).
One of the best things you can do to improve any diet is to reduce your intake of fatty, cholesterol-ridden foods. While items like this are pleasing to the palette they are potentially detrimental to physical fitness and overall health (especially cardio-vascular health). For example, if you find that you like to enjoy a “fast food” meal a couple of times a week, try to halve your visits. Maybe try to work yourself up to the point where your “burger joint” visits are only in the “once a month” vicinity, or try ordering a salad next time you need a visit to the “Golden Arches”