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Get Red Carpet Ready in 2011

(NewsUSA) – Not everyone gets to walk the red carpet, but life as a non-A-lister still provides plenty of moments in which one wants to shine. Of course, celebrities have personal stylists, trainers, dietitians and image consultants, so it’s impossible for the untrained person to look that good. Right?

Valerie Waters, trainer to the stars, would disagree. “Getting in shape is no different for super stars or super moms; it is all about making your mind up to eat right, snack smart and get active — regardless of whether you are preparing for a movie premiere, your 20-year class reunion or a milestone birthday,” says Waters. “Feeling your best for life’s special occasions is a matter of consistently making wise choices.”

Waters has teamed up with California Raisins to offer fitness and health advice. She offers the following tips for making wise choices in 2011:

1. Make a commitment. Every health and fitness journey starts with making daily changes — not just when you can fit them in your schedule. The first step toward achieving your health and fitness goals is simply making the decision to set them.

2. Eat breakfast every day. Beginning your day with a nutritious meal jump starts your metabolism and sets you up for eating right the whole day. For healthy breakfasts that don’t take much time, try plain instant oatmeal with one scoop of chocolate protein powder and a tablespoon of raisins or a piece of whole-grain toast with a tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter and banana slices.

3. Snack smart. No workout in the world can compensate for consistent unhealthy eating choices. Plan ahead and make nutritious lunch and snacks that include plenty of veggies, whole grains and fruits. Raisins are a great on-the-go snack; just a quarter cup of California Raisins equals a full serving of fruit, plus they are fat- and cholesterol-free.

4. Consistency is key. A short workout is better than no workout, so even if you only have 10 minutes to spare, move your coffee table to the side and make some space to do an at-home workout. And when our time is limited, avoid working out only your problem areas, like your stomach. Instead of doing crunches, which burn very few calories, work out as many muscle groups as you can in the time you have available.

For more tips, information and fitness videos, visit the website www.loveyourraisins.com.

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