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Taking Heidi Klum's lead: 5 simple steps to get fit for summer

03 JUNE 2014

Now that summer is fast approaching, it's time to start planning the summer holidays. Celebrities have already begun to share photographs of their sizzling bikini bodies on social media sites, and soon it will be your turn to snap a selfie on the shores of a beautiful sunny beach somewhere on the Med, or maybe even further. We've sifted through the health tips and checked out how the likes of Heidi Klum and Princess Madeleine have been keeping fit...

HELLO! Online's Miriam Foley has come up with 5 simple steps to get fit for the summer.

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Supermodel Heidi Klum keeps active daily with her four children

1. Exercise

Put a spring in your step by working some exercise into your daily routine. Take a leaf out of supermodel and mother-of-four Heidi Klum's book when it comes to leading an active life, every day: "I have four children — that keeps me busy all the time. We do a lot of things that are active: We work in the garden. We jump on the trampoline. We climb in the trees. We go to the park and feed the ducks. We are always mobile."

Walk to work. If that's not possible, walk up and down the escalator in the tube/train station, or maybe even walk to a station one stop further away. Get a gym fix in before or after work if you can. Now that the days are warmer and longer, make time in the evening to brisk-walk around your nearest park.

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden brisk-walked around Central Park with husband Chris O'Neill while pregnant

2. Breakfast

Make sure you don't skip the most important meal of the day – no matter how much of a rush you're in to get out the door in the morning. Eating breakfast can be good for waistline too – research shows those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight and more likely to be within their ideal weight range. If you skip breakfast, you're more likely to reach for high sugar and fatty snacks mid-morning. For a speedy bowl of cereal, try Dorset cereals. Their Tasty Toasted range of muesli includes healthy ingredients such as pineapple, cranberry, hazelnut, pumpkin seeds and brazil nuts for a great kick-start to the day.

3. Snack

Don't let your healthy eating regime fall by the wayside when it comes to the mid-morning and mid-afternoon dip. Instead of reaching for the cookie jar, chop up an apple, eat a yogurt, or try a couple of muesli oatcakes, new from Nairns. Made with wholegrain oats, currants and seeds, these delicious, filling snacks won't leave you feeling robbed of your sweet fix. With just 112 calories per pack (two individually wrapped oatcakes), and 41% less sugar than the average cereal bar, they are definitely the healthier way to snack.

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Add blueberries to yogurt for a superfood burst in your snack

4. Superfoods

Incorporate superfoods into your daily diet for a boost to your immune system, to look and feel younger and better. Throw some blueberries into a pot of yogurt, make risotto with quinoa instead of rice, toss a couple of handfuls of spinach into your salad, nibble goji berries on the go, and make sure you get your share of oily fish, such as salmon.

5. Water

Water keeps the skin looking young, helps weight loss by aiding the metabolism and boosts energy levels. It also flushes out toxins, does wonders for the immune system and helps relieve and prevent headaches, which are often casued by dehydration. Nutritionists recommend about eight glasses of water a day. Are you drinking enough to keep hydrated?

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