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The Best Fitness Tips of 2012

A recap of the smartest stay-fit strategies of the year

Work out as hard as you can—within reason

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When you’re tackling a workout plan that pushes you to your limits, like CrossFit, it’s tempting to see just how far your body can go. But how far is too far? When we asked Jessica Matthews, exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise, about when to cap exercise intensity, she said that working out until you throw up is a sign you’re overdoing it (sorry, CrossFitters, it’s not a right of passage). Plus, the unpleasant experience of not being able to keep food down may hold you back from sticking to a new routine. To learn about smarter strategies for gauging exercise intensity, read The Best and Worst Ways to Measure a Workout.

Looking to map out your workout strategy for next year? See our list of the Hottest Fitness Trends of 2013 for some inspiration.

Download and follow this Total-Body-Toning-Routine to slim down for good in 2013!

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