Top 10 Tips for a Healthy New Year

The best way to stay motivated is to do a workout that you love. Hate running but love swimming? Hop off the treadmill and into the pool. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Keep motivated by doing a workout that you love. Hate running but love swimming? Hop off the treadmill and into the pool. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

It’s a new year, so why not work towards a new you? Here are 10 healthy–and reasonable–ways to get and stay in shape from champion body builder and personal trainer David Barton (via New York Daily News):

1. Get off the couch. No marathon workouts are required–just get up every day and do something. To start, take a walk around the block once a day.

2. Find a workout you love. It’s easy to stay motivated when you’re having fun. If you hate spinning but love swimming, skip the bike and get in the pool.

3. Exercise in a positive environment. Whether it’s a gym, a trail or your living room, it’s important to work out wherever you are most comfortable.

4. Stay motivated by picturing your post-exercise self. Not looking forward to your workouts? Think of how great you’ll feel once you’re done. The anticipated endorphin rush will help you get started.

5. Eat nutritious food to feel full longer. If you fill up on high-carb, low-nutrient options, you will be hungry a short time later. You may think your body is craving calories, but it’s actually craving nutrients.

6. Weight training is for everyone. It boosts your metabolism and builds lean muscle, both of which are key to helping you burn calories and maintain a healthy weight.

7. Remember to stretch. Increasing your flexibility also increases the mobility of your joints, and keeps you feeling energized throughout the day.

8. Stand up. Get away from your desk and just stand for a few minutes each day. Over time, this can avoid muscle pain and tightness in your hips and gluteal muscles.

9. Customize your workout. It’s an anatomical fact that there are variations between men’s and women’s muscles and metabolic rates, so it will work to your advantage to have a workout customized for you. Ask a gym rep for help.

10. Shift your perspective. Don’t think of dieting and exercising as denying yourself. Instead, think of it as bettering yourself, and adding to your life.

 

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