19 Fitness Tips for 2019
19 Fitness and Nutrition Tips for 2019
It is one thing to declare New Year’s Resolutions…it is another thing to actually accomplish them. To help you along the way I have created 19 fitness and nutrition tips in honor of 2019. If you think reading further would be a waste of time because you have tried EVERYTHING already..Try again, these 19 tips are out of the ordinary, so you may just find the right combination to get you to your goals!
1 – Imagine yourself as a role model.
Who inspires you? Display a picture of them and then write a brief paragraph about how they inspire you. Then make a sincere attempt to adopt their success. What would they do in any particular situation…then do it.
2 – Clean the slate every day.
So you didn’t reach your fitness or nutrition goal yesterday. Let it go. Begin each morning with a fresh outlook on yourself. You are capable of making good choices today!
3 – Start each day with deep breathing.
Place a post it note on your bathroom mirror to take 20 deep breaths, 40 medium breaths and 40 fast breaths. Over time this breathing method has been proven to clear out old negative thinking.
4 – Expect to get frustrated
Just like life, your fitness and nutrition program is not going to always be easy. Some days you will be tired, cranky and just plain not interested. Accept that this will happen and trudge the road to success that day. Sooner or later you will be excited about it again. Especially if you stick to your good habits and can feel or see the difference in how your clothes fit or how much energy you have.
5 – Recognize there is no such thing as too busy.
The research has shown again and again that the busiest people in the world exercise. For that matter a research study done in 1996 found that the ONLY common denominator among happy people was that ALL happy people exercise. So MAKE time to plan your meals, exercise and be happy.
6 – Find accountability.
Join a group, hire a personal trainer or nutritionist, tell a friend or family member or co-worker. Be accountable to someone for your behavior and I might also suggest be someone else’s accountant. Help each other every day make the right choice.
7 – Think of yourself as a beginner.
Be willing to listen and learn…even if you THINK you are going to hear or learn the same tired advice. Think like a newbie, you might just find out something you heard before really works OR you might actually do what you heard before OR you might hear something new.
8 – Stray from the herd.
If you are going to change your behavior, you will probably need to change your playmates and your playgrounds. Hang out with folks that are already taking good care of themselves and stop eating in establishments that carry fattening unhealthy food choices. And by all means STOP going to all you can eat buffets. NO ONE needs to eat ALL THEY CAN EAT!
9 – Stop over thinking.
Put down the self-help book and start doing the work!! Begin simply each day with 1 goal of behavior change.
10 – Pause
It is simple, just wait…even as short as 1 minute can help you make the right food choice.
11 – Turn off the TV
Unless you are watching FIT TV of course. Certainly, sitting is not going to lead to your fitness goals but worse the commercials are focused on bad food choices and believe it or not you are being brain washed. Instead read or connect with friends or better yet exercise 😊
12 – Skip the all you can eat buffet.
Nobody needs “all they can eat”. Instead, whenever you eat out ask the waiter for a to go box as soon as you get your meal and put half of it in a to go container and eat it tomorrow for lunch.
13 – There is an app for that!
Put an app on your phone that will count or steps OR help you keep up with calories OR build you a network of new fitness friends OR play music to keep you energized.
14 – Step on the scale.
Yes, the research shows keeping a check on your weight once a week helps to keep you honest. If we keep our weight gain to less than double digits we are more likely to keep the weight off.
15 – Sleep
The best way to decrease excess cortisol production, which can lead to stress eating, is to get 6 – 8 hours of sleep each day. I know many of you find it difficult to sleep for a variety of reasons, but it doesn’t change the fact that adequate sleep is a necessary component of a healthy life. Finding a relaxing ritual each evening and sticking to it will help train your brain to relax and give you the sleep you need
16 – Journal
Keeping a daily journal of your activities and habits along with your thoughts and feelings will help you discover what habits lead to feeling your best. Once a month read over your journal and jot down what makes you feel the best and adopt more of those habits into every day.
17 – Speak kindly to yourself.
Practice makes perfect. Whenever you catch yourself speaking critically to yourself, STOP, and flip the self-talk to the positive. Instead of “I am a lazy good for nothing” flip it to “Every day I am getting closer to my best self” Repeat the positive 10 times and mentally take a broom and sweep the negative thought into the gutter.
18 – Get a dog, the worlds friendliest piece of exercise equipment!
19 – Focus on one of the above tips each day for 2019 and let’s see if you can reach those resolutions!
Julie Luther is the founder and president of PurEnergy Fitness Center in Greensboro. She has been helping community organizations and individuals create healthier lives for over 35 years. You can reach her at www.julieluther.com or Julie@julieluther.com