It's not easy keeping fit. You have to watch what you eat and stay active. If you take even just a couple of days off, this can result in you losing ground and having to start again! How do you find the right diet for you, with all of the many diets out there? Plus then you have to figure out how to get up your motivation for workouts and fitness. This can be even harder than working out.

What do we mean when we say 'fitness,' though? Typically, experts say that the most important fitness for you, health-wise, is cardiovascular fitness. This fitness, also known as cardio fitness, is like a muscle workout but focuses on your heart and lungs.

The goal is to increase the efficiency of your heart and lungs so that they are better at delivering blood and oxygen to the tissues of your body, especially muscles. When you increase cardiovascular fitness, you also improve your metabolism and your circulation.

How long do you need to work at it to get fit? Well, it depends on the individual but in general experts suggest that an average adult will need 45 minutes of cardio workout a day, and that this should be completed five times per week. That is just for maintenance, not weight loss. If you want to actually lose weight, you have to spend even more time.

You need to match your cardio workouts with good nutrition. To feel your best, you'll need to eat a balanced diet of healthy, natural foods.

Your diet should include protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and some healthy fats. Go easy on the fats, even healthy ones, it is easy to overdo it. You want the bulk of your daily calories to come from fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. If you follow these steps that have been provided above, you will likely enjoy better health for life.