If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of spring is just a few days away. That means you’ll be slowly shedding that extra layer of clothing. While it would be great to be in your healthiest, best shape all year, I know that’s not the case for most people. I often question the wording in some of my emails and in my website, since I really don’t think the best reason to get in shape is to look good in a swimsuit. However, it’s a big motivator for many people—myself included. I think it’s important to use what motivates us (whether it be keeping up with kids, having better sex, or looking good on the beach) to make ourselves healthier.
Regardless of your motivation, spring is a great time to recommit to your goals and get excited about the warm weather to come! Here are some of my favorite tips for getting results.
- Picture how you want to look and feel and write it down as though it’s already a reality. For example, “I have lean, toned abs. I look and feel amazing and have tons of energy.” Rewrite your vision every single morning. I promise it will make a difference, especially on days when you’re feeling unmotivated and want to have a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast.
- Print out a calendar and write what you’re going to do each day to get closer to your goals. Check off the days as you take action. If you’re a member of my Personal Trainer to Go program, tally up your points using the Tracker and see if you can beat last week’s numbers.
- Eat at least one veggie with each meal and snack. Don’t make this complicated and worry about serving sizes. If you’re like me, you might obsess over whether that handful of spinach counts as one serving or two. Who cares?! I promise if you eat some veggies with every meal or snack, you’ll be way ahead of the game. How can you possibly eat that many veggies? Throw some spinach or diced peppers in an omelet for breakfast. You can even add veggies and a little cheese to oatmeal for a yummy change of pace. Lunch and dinner are easiest for most people—roast whatever you have on hand or make a salad. If your family refuses to eat veggies, make a big batch at the beginning of the week and just reheat some for yourself each night. Don’t use your family as an excuse! Snacks—carrots, broccoli, peppers, or whatever you’re in the mood for—can be dipped in hummus or a little salad dressing for an easy snack.
- Eat something every three hours. If you can eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’ve had enough, then eat whenever you want. For the rest of us, waiting too long to eat often means we’re going to overeat. I find that three hours is usually a good amount of time for most people, but do what works for you. You should be just slightly hungry when you reach for your snack or meal and stop when the hunger goes away—not when you’re full. Your body needs time to feel full, so if you stop eating when you feel full you’ve probably eaten too much. This is hard to do when you’re starving, so don’t wait until you’re starving to start eating.
- Do something physical every day. This can be a full workout, a few jumping jacks, or a walk around the block. Set yourself up for success. If you’re not doing anything right now, start by taking a 5-minute walk each day followed by 10 bicycle crunches. If you’re already working out a few days each week, add some light exercise on your off days. Even if you’re an advanced exerciser, your body needs time to recover, so make sure at least one day each week is an easy day.
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Here are some videos to get you started:
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