9 Fitness Tips That Will Change Your Life.

281685_10151307342800742_1934251453_nPutting a good tip into practice can go a long way in transforming your life.

Today, I’d like to share a few of my favorite exercise and nutrition tips. They’ve worked for me and I know they can work for you, too.

  1. Don’t drink your calories. Most beverages are calorie bombs and often devoid of nutritional value. Save your calories for real food that nourishes your body with the nutrients it needs.
  2. Instead of focusing on long workouts, focus on quality workouts. Unless you’re training for the Olympics, no one needs to spend two or three hours at the gym each day. Use strategies like high intensity interval training and supersets to make the most of your gym time. Be efficient at the gym; it’s quality and not quantity.
  3. Eat carbs. Carbs get a bad rap but the truth is our bodies need them. Instead of eliminating carbs, focus on eating mostly complex carbs like those found in brown rice or whole wheat. Opt for products that list “whole wheat” in their ingredients.
  4. Be consistent. The secret to transforming your body is to consistently combine exercise and nutrition. It’s the little steps – day after day – that add up into a huge change. Think of each workout as a single stone block that you’re using to build a pyramid.
  5. Replace excuses with reasons. All of us can think of excuses to skip the gym or to avoid exercise (i.e., it’s too expensive, too busy, injuries, etc.). Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure; they prevent us from achieving the results we want. Rather than sabotage your life with excuses, shift from a mindset of can’t to a mindset of can by thinking about the reasons to live a healthier lifestyle.
  6. Buy healthy food. It’s really as simple as that. If you don’t stock your pantry with toxic, unhealthy foods, then they won’t be an option to eat. Out of sight, out of mind.
  7. Make exercise fun. Think outside the weight or cardio room by taking class, going rock climbing or engaging in a sport. A healthy and active lifestyle is so much more than the elliptical or free weights – and if you enjoy it, you’re much more likely to keep with it.
  8. Pay attention to ingredients – not packaging. Product packaging is strictly marketing – and words like “fat free” or “reduced calories” or even “multigrain” are extremely misleading. Pay attention to the nutrition information and especially the ingredients. In particular, stay away from foods with added sugar (or sugar in disguise).
  9. Don’t just make goals, evaluate your progress against them. Having a specific goal is great, but routinely measuring your progress against it is even better. If you’re not making headway, change your approach.

What’s your favorite fitness tip? Share it with us in the comments below!

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Comments

  1. I keep getting people telling me that I don’t spend enough time at the gym. I don’t have time to be at the gym any longer than I am there. I spend max. 1 hour at gym. It takes me 15 minutes to get there. Also, I’m on the road otherwise for 2 hours a day round trip for work.

    My tip is – be aware of hidden salt.

  2. The tenth tip (which should actually be No. one) on your list should be:
    Do Sportsthat are fun! If you dread the gym then, by all means, don’t go! Do some sport that you like instead. Ball sports, climbing, skiing, rollerblading and the like are great workouts as well! My bobby is dancing (although I do like gym exercises) and I’ve recently been to a dance festival. four days of dancing – the greatest fun for me – have given me some hell calves, tight-, bottom-, back- arm and belly muscles. as well as a highly improved stability, coordination and general fitness. And because I love dancing so much for dancing’s sake, there was NEVER a feeling of “doing sports” at all. And because of that, I never once thought about it being exhausting, I never even considered quitting an “exercise” and I got a better result than with weeks of gym excercises.

  3. I think the number one thing people fail at or have a hard time with is #5. Getting rid of the excuses helped me achieve my 123 lb weight loss and I am still going. All of these combined are very effective. Thanks for the tips.

  4. My only issue i have with exercise is I hate doing it alone and the other part is I have no friends that wanna go to the gym with me let alone work out haha. also when i work out I dont seem to burn fat I seem to actually lose muscle instead of fat…#Ihatemybody