Posted at: 01/07/2013 7:59 AM
Getting in shape is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions folks make. Local fitness instruction Michael Feist stopped by Good Morning Northland Monday with some tips that might help.
Tip #1: Take one positive step at a time. You can't go from Zero to Hero in one day. If you were previously not working out at all, skipping breakfast, eating junk food all day, not drinking water, and staying up late, you can't expect to adhere to a perfect lifestyle day 1. Start by just working out 2-3 times per week. Then when you do that, add breakfast and cleaner food into your diet. Then, carry a water bottle with you all day, and get to bed at a reasonable time. Add a new positive step each week.
Tip #2: Proceed with caution. Sometimes being overly ambitious about change can lead to burn out. Change can be a stressor on the body and mind and if you don't slowly acclimate yourself into it you can reach a breaking point. i.e. Quit the resolution all together! You need to balance this healthy change with work, relationships, and your social life.
Tip #3: Don't focus on weight loss as an ultimate goal! Being a slave to the scale will only lead to confusion and doubt. The scale can be extremely fluctuant due to water weight and won't always give you the true story. You could be losing a ton of weight on the scale and feel that you're doing so well, but you might be burning a lot of muscle and slowing your metabolism down in the process, which will ultimately cause you to gain the weight back.
Tip #4: Keep the bigger picture in mind. You should really be working out and eating healthy to increase your quality of life your years to come. Feel accomplished when you lose a pant size, when you have more energy, when you wake up with ambition, when you run a race with your son/daughter.
Tip #5: Be creative with your exercise and nutrition. Try to spice things up. Join a group fitness class or try to take up a new outdoor hobby. Find some new healthy recipes online. If you can make these changes in your life fun, you will have a much easier time sticking with them.
Tip #6: Share your goals with the people who care about you. When you live your goals out loud, you are much more likely to accomplish them. Since these people care about you, they will always support your new decisions to live healthier.