It starts with a resolution, but no goal is complete without a little help along the way. From healthy eating habits to measuring your success, here are seven fitness tips for a new and improved version of you for 2014!
- Start by setting realistic fitness goals. Start small and don’t overdo it. It could be as simple as walking a couple laps around your neighborhood every day.
- If you’re a beginner, start working out three times a week. Incorporate 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise (walking or jogging), 30 minutes of strength training (free weights or machines), and 10 minutes of stretching.
- If you don’t like going to the gym, that shouldn’t stop you from working out at home. Purchase a few staple items like a stability ball, a mat, a few dumbbells, and resistance bands. You can still do squats, lunges, bicep curls, dips, crunches, pull-ups and push-ups.
- Consistency is key. The best way to get in shape (and stay in shape) is to be consistent. And speaking of consistent, have you been using your Facial-Flex system? For two minutes, twice a day, improve on lifting, toning and firming your face, chin and neck thanks to this non-invasive product.
- Get a workout buddy. Find a friend or family member who also wants to get in shape and exercise together. You can encourage each other along the way and hold each other accountable.
- Follow the 80/20 rule. A fitness routine should coincide with healthy eating habits. In other words, eat healthy meals 80 percent of the time and indulge 20 percent. Consume healthy carbohydrates (whole wheat bread and pasta), fruits, veggies, and lean proteins (chicken, turkey, fish). Enjoy five to six small meals per day in addition to strength training and cardio workouts for an effective weight loss strategy.
- Keep track of your fitness routine. Measuring yourself is a great way to keep track of your progress. Make sure you take your measurements before you start your exercise program, and then about once every month. Write it down so you can reflect on how far you’ve come!