It’s one of the great ironies of modern living that although there seems to be a raging epidemic of obesity and its terrible twin sisters: heart disease and diabetes, we are ever more obsessed with the whole subject of keeping fit. But then again perhaps it’s not so ironic after all. In our grandparent’s day, there was a lot more physical hard work to do. Labor saving devices that we take for granted these days were not available and what’s more, people tended to die at a younger age in those days from infectious diseases. Hence our modern concern with keeping in shape and reading the ever growing numbers of health and fitness articles that seem to be available on the magazine racks of our local stores.I have to say however, that looking at the covers of some of the more popular health and fitness publications does tend to dampen my enthusiasm. The people featured on those covers seem to be from another planet inhabited by the toned, the muscular and the incredibly beautiful. If you don’t allow yourself to be put off however, and take a look at some of the health and fitness articles inside the magazines you are sure to pick up some really useful tips on how to get ahead in your quest for a better life style.Here are a few of the more important tips that I’ve gleaned from having read countless numbers of health and fitness articles over the years. Perhaps the most important thing to take into account, according to the fitness experts, is be careful. Yes it sounds a bit boring, but if you are going to take on any fitness regime, make sure to get the go ahead from your doctor if you have any prior medical condition.Always start your new exercise regime in a gentle, easygoing fashion. After all, it takes time for your body to adapt, especially if you are not that fit to begin with. Talk about boredom: now isn’t that just one of the greatest problems when it comes to exercising? But here’s a great tip: only choose a form of exercise which gives you some real personal satisfaction if you are to avoid getting fed up and end up giving up the whole thing after a few days. Try and set yourself some modest goals and the sheer satisfaction of achieving something will ensure you keep going.There’s been an explosion in the numbers of health and fitness articles, books and T.V. shows in recent years. Perhaps it would be easy to be cynical about all this and assume that it’s just another money-making racket. But, I must admit I’ve found some great gems of information which have been of real benefit over the years. So get going with your new fitter way of living and who knows? You may well end up looking like one of those toned models on the cover of a health and fitness magazine.