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The Best Health Advice Ever

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With so many fitness and nutrition programs claiming to be the holy grail of fitness, it can be hard to know where to start. To help prepare for a healthy new year, we asked fitness professionals and world-class athletes to share their best advice. Judging from the responses, it looks like being fit is simpler than we’ve been making it.            

[ Manage Your Meals ]

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. I try and have a big breakfast and a big lunch and some nights I have no dinner and the next day I’ll feel the strongest. You don’t put gas in your car when you park it in the garage at night.”

—Gary Player, 80-year-old fitness icon and nine-time major championship-winning member of the World Golf Hall of Fame

[ Have Fun ]

“Engage in workouts you enjoy and look forward to. If you loathe every minute of exercise you’re going to find ways to skip it, quit early or not give it your all.”

—Cynthia Sass, New York Yankees nutrition consultant and author of “Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches with Real Food, Real Fast”

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[ Do Your Own Thing ]

“In the field of strength and conditioning, there are a million ways to skin a cat. No one system is the best. Take bits and pieces of everything in the field and create your own system with what works for you.”

—Eric Ciano, Buffalo Bills head strength and conditioning coach

[ Be Consistent ]

“The best program in the world will not work if you don’t do it. It’s not so much a matter of what you do as it is ‘just do something’ consistently.”

—Tripp Smith, Hammer Smith Sports (Norcross, Ga.) founder

[ Be Patient ]

“When I was rehabbing from an ACL surgery in 2012, during the first 12 months of my rehab my trainer and physiotherapists were very good at managing my expectations by letting me know that my body and mind were going to have good days as well as bad days along the way.”

—Kelsey Serwa, 2014 Sochi Olympic silver medalist, 2011 X Games gold medalist and 2011 World Championships gold medalist in ski cross

by Billy Brown