First of all…Happy 2012 and Happy Chinese Year of the Dragon!!!
So we’re almost an entire month into 2012 and I want to know: How are YOU doing with your new years resolutions? Are you on track with your new year’s plans? Did you even make any resolutions?
Although this is my first blog post of the new year, I did an interview with Miami Herald’s Debbie Leibowitz on tips to get fit for 2012. Check it out: Miami Beach Trainer Ted Ryce’s tips for a fit 2012.
Some people think that making new year’s resolutions are a bad idea. I completely disagree. Having something symbolic like the beginning of a new year to inspire you to lose weight, eat better, work out more, or to become a better person is a GREAT idea. Just make sure you don’t take on too many changes that you overwhelm yourself. Small do-able steps is the key to long-term success!
Don’t worry, whether you on track with your new year’s fitness resolutions or not, I’m going to give you some tips to implement today. Let’s get started…
1. Make a choice to change now. Everything starts with a choice. Most people know that they should be eating better or exercising but it’s the motivation that they lack. Getting in shape is all about attitude. Accept that your not going to want to do what it takes to get in shape but make the choice to do it anyway. Hey, if it were easy then more people would look like fitness models. Sometimes you would rather be sitting on the couch and watching tv while instead of exercising. Sometimes you will be thinking about pizza when you are eating a chicken salad for the 20th time that week. Push through and remind yourself that you made a choice to do this… a choice that most people won’t make.
2. Change what you drink. Do you want to make progress quickly? ONLY drink water or unsweetened teas. You can get a meals worth of calories from sugary drinks like soda, fruit juice and alcohol without noticing it.
3. Change what you eat. Want to lose body fat quickly? ONLY eat starches and sugars (i.e. potatoes, rice, fruit, sweets,etc) in the morning and after a workout. You are more metabolically active during these times and your body is less likely to store fat. The other part of this is to ELIMINATE sugar, alcohol, sweets, processed foods and anything else you know you shouldn’t be eating.
4. EXERCISE! You WILL NOT look the way you want without exercising. Dieting does nothing to tone your muscles. Are you out of shape? Then start with walking 10-60 minutes (start with 10 then work your way up) 3-6 times per week (again, start with 3 then work your way up). Have you been pretty consistent with working out but need to step it up? Try interval training on the recumbent bike: warm up for 5 minutes, then alternate sprinting for 15 seconds then resting for 45 seconds (make sure you put on some resistance for the sprint then back it off during the rest period). Do this 5-15 times (start with 5 then work your way up) and do this workout 2-3 times per week to see big changes. If you really want to get results quickly, contact me about personal training or to have a professionally written program designed for you. Click here to start getting the results you want.
That’s it for now! Make sure you read my interview with the Miami Herald for more tips: Miami Beach Trainer Ted Ryce’s tips for a fit 2012. Try out these 4 tips and leave a comment below to let me know how they are working for you!