Don’t Be a “Resolutioner” – Be a Lifer!

So, you’ve made the decision to get fit this year. You’ve told everyone about your resolution, bought some new workout gear, and you’re ready to go.

Or are you?

This is a good question to ponder as you go about starting your new routine. It’s easy to get excited, but for many, that enthusiasm  wears off as time goes on, and what was once your goal for 2014 is now your “eh, maybe next year.”

What can you do to make sure your commitment to get fit turns into a lifestyle, rather than just a passing phase? Here are a few tips to try on for size:

Make a plan. Know your schedule, know your body, and know what you want to accomplish. I’ll never be an early-morning, before work workout person – but I have the discipline to still get to the gym every night. Find the time and place that works for you. It can be a gym, a studio, or that old treadmill in your basement or DVD in your living room, whatever you know you’ll enjoy doing.

Hire a trainer. Or nutritionist. Or both. Depending on your goals, you may need to bring in the expert. Most people (myself included) don’t realize how much they don’t know until they hire a professional. I went to the gym for six years before I hired a trainer … and in six months I saw more results than I did in those six years going it alone.

Share your goal … and stick to it. Peer pressure doesn’t stop in high school. If you really want to change your life this year, don’t your food-pusher family talk you into a doughnut, or your social circle force you to skip a workout. It’s your life, and you decide what you make of it.

Have FUN! Remember when you were a kid and you used to run around the backyard? It was fun, right? It was also exercise. So whatever you choose to do, make it fun, and you’ll be more likely to stick with it.  Find a class, a running group, or a workout partner to look forward to seeing when it’s exercise time.

Diets don’t work. Sporadic exercise doesn’t work. What does? Keeping with your commitment, and embracing a healthy lifestyle. I’m not saying treats are forever off the table (I’ll admit to my own killer sweet tooth), or that you have to live in the gym – but like so many other areas of our lives, it’s a matter of maintaining balance. You get out what you put in. It will not be easy. Some days you may hurt. Some days that cake may not stop screaming your name. You will fall down. But you have to get back up. Hope to still be seeing you around the gym in March!

College is a Time for Fun … and Fitness!

If you’ve ever taken the time to read about me, you know that fitness hasn’t always been a part of my life. I wasn’t an athlete in high school; I was a singer, dancer and actor. In fact, it wasn’t until I was more than halfway through college that I started working out consistently – and, truth be told, I was well into my mid-20s before I really started feeling like fitness was a part of who I am.

With that in mind, I wanted to share this great graphic, directed toward college students. There are so many ways to fend of the “freshman 15” (I was lucky – I lived in a dorm situated on a huge hill about as far from every classroom building on campus – Clemson House for those of you who know the university – which meant I did a LOT of walking if I wanted to or not … and didn’t gain a single pound because of it) … read on to see how some of these tips can keep you healthy as you strive to stay healthy while juggling classes, friends, relationships, parties and all the other fun stuff that comes along during your college years.

Most of all, to the college students: enjoy your time! Before you know it, you’ll be 10 years post-graduation wondering how all those years passed so quickly. I speak from experience!