Top Seven Things Not to do This Year
Before the holiday, Tina suggests anti-resolutions for the new year.
Sometimes it's what you don't do that brings you success. Start your new year off fresh by editing these bad habits out of your life.
1. Don't keep doing the same thing.
We all need to change things up occasionally in our lives to keep it fresh and effective and our workout is no different. Especially if you are not happy with the results of your workout in the last year or so – why would you keep doing the same thing yet expect different results?
Instead, analyze your current exercise routine. If it's non-existent, then get it started. Otherwise, try adding extra time to each session, adding in an extra strength training day, cross-train with a new class or workout, and/or add in intervals into your training.
2. Don't keep putting off your health.
Time is ticking away and you can't get it back. Why do you keep igniting the time bomb that is your life? You'll never reach your fitness and health goals by talking about it. Just do it. Something. Right now.
When you're debating whether or not to go workout vs. lie on the couch, ask yourself if your health and quality of life is worth more than an extra half hour of couch potato time or work. And make the right decision.
3. Don't get caught up in the equipment.
New equipment can be like a trendy toy – we play with it often until the novelty wears off and then we discard it. Waist whittler belts, shaker dumbbells, shaper gym shoes – they really aren't going to transform your body dramatically. Remember the vibrating belt machines from the 60's and other crazy trends?
Old school fitness, such as dumbbells and cardio always works; make them the main focus of your workout, then supplement and vary it with new, proven equipment, like kettlebells and stability balls. Don't get too caught up in the equipment. Just do the workout
4. Don't get caught up in a goofy diet.
Diets don't work because they always end. You'll likely revert to old eating habits and quickly gain weight back. Instead, practice healthy eating habits and small portion sizes. Eliminate most or all processed foods, and eat lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and fish.
5. Don't do just cardio and leave out the weights.
Cardio is great for your heart function and burns calories. But cardio doesn't do much for the appearance of your muscles and skin tone. And it doesn't help prevent back and other chronic joint pain.
Instead, get into shape quicker by adding two to three strength training and core conditioning workouts into your routine, along with your cardio. They don't have to be long sessions – just 20 minutes of a fast-paced, no rest strength training session will deliver results.
You'll also look better, having increased muscle tone; your bones will be stronger, and your metabolism will speed up.
6. Don't start your day without eating a healthy breakfast.
Do you generally starve yourself till lunch time? Or do you start your day with a donut and coffee on the train, only to crash mid-morning from the sugar high? Your body needs a good start to get everything working.
7. Don't buy the food that is your downfall.
If I had ice cream sitting in my freezer constantly, chances are good I'd be sampling it daily. And that would lead to a couple of extra pounds I don't need sitting around my middle.
Don't make it easy to give in to temptation. Save your favorite snacks and desserts for special treats that you only get when you are eating out.