Tips for Making 2012 Fitness Resolutions Stick
The New Year’s is approaching, but resolutions about improving fitness can be the hardest to keep, especially if you’ve been sedentary for months.
So here are some tips for meeting fitness goals in 2012 from Laurie Towers, former professional bodybuilder, top New York City celebrity trainer and CEO of Physical Advantage PC, the sports and performing arts massage center, and the Bridal Body shop fitness programs.
-Walk or bike to work, or get off a stop or two early on a bus/subway trip to help jump start your metabolism and engage in a bit of functional fitness.
-Take the steps instead of the elevator. “Walking up and down the stairs burns many more calories than hitting the ‘up’ button,” says Ms. Towers. “Of course, this applies only if there are no specific limitations placed on your joints by your MD.”
-Rather than linger over brunch, lunch, or dinner, invite a friend to take a walk on the weekends instead.
-Bring your food to the office to ensure portion control and to know exactly what ingredients you are eating.
-Employ the buddy system for your workouts. You are far more likely to work out if you know someone else is relying on you.
-Cut calories without losing sacrificing taste by substituting sugar with healthier sweeteners when you are cooking or in coffee and tea, such as honey, maple syrup, agave, or stevia.
-“Don’t let pain stop you from achieving your fitness goals,” says Ms. Towers, “And when it does strike, rub it away with Topricin. I use it in my practice on professional athletes, dancers, and other performers who place great demands on their bodies.”
-Set realistic goals that will let you become your own cheerleader and will continue all year long.
-Remember that it is perfectly natural to allow yourself a ’cheat’ day and indulge in the less-than-healthy foods you crave. The key is to use that day as a reward for a well-balanced nutritional investment you abide by the rest of the week.
Fitness expert Laurie Towers can be contacted at Physical Advantage Massage Therapy Center P.C., 139 East 57th Street Penthouse, New York, NY, 212-460-1879, She also established The Bridal Body Shop personal and virtual fitness program, voted “One of the top businesses primed for success in 2011” by Business News Daily.