Fitness is a way of life for me. I love to train myself and other people. I love the satisfaction of hard workouts and the knowledge that I am making myself stronger, healthier, and more athletic with every session.
I love helping people achieve their goals and showing them that they have a lot more to give than they initially think.
I also realize that it’s not everyone’s way of life. Sometimes it’s frustrating to hear excuses, reasons why people didn’t come to the gym, or why they ate three pints of Ben & Jerry’s over the weekend.
Yes, I understand that we are all human and things happen. Usually it has nothing to do with the food, but rather an external factor, an old habit, or a limiting belief. I see so many customers come through our doors who just don’t believe they are worthy of success (that’s another article for another day).
A wise friend of mine once said: If you want to have something different, you have to do something different – and if you want to do something different, you have to be something else (at least for a short time).
This means that habits have to change. When you jump from workout to workout or from this diet to the next, you are not creating new habits.
Creating habits doesn’t mean you are perfect all the time. In fact, chasing after the perfect day of eating or the perfect workout is not a way to live.
I like to use the 80% rule. If you follow your eating and exercise plan at least 80% of the time, you will do great. This will help you stay focused and eliminate the “black and white” thought, “Well, I ate a cookie, I might as well eat the whole bag.”
If you don’t live and work the 80% rule, take a look at your lifestyle and start making a change today. Usually you have to be very honest with yourself for what you want.
Here are 21 quick fitness and lifestyle tips to help you get where you want to go. Enjoy, promote and repeat …
1. Make a plan
2. Tell someone about your plan
3. Set goals: long-term and short-term
4. Lift weights … heavy
5. Lift weights safely
6. Have fun training – train with a trainer and / or with friends
7. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night
8. Learn how to squat
9. Have breakfast
10. Plan your workouts in your daily planner
11. Eat protein and vegetables at every meal
12. Exercise outside
13. Push a car or something heavy (trust me, it’s fun)
14. Do pull-ups and pull-ups
15. Focus on how your clothes fit, not on the scales
16. Stop talking about it and take action
17. Don’t accuse anyone but you
18. Don’t give up
19. Stop focusing on cardio and do real work (see # 4).
20. Always learn the right technique
21. Value yourself and your life – you only have one chance