52 Fitness Tips To 1 Brand-New Body
Enough of those crash-and-burn New Year's "resolutionists." They radically change their diet and start exercising a ton, but what happens? By March, most of them are back on their couches, elbow deep in a bag of potato chips, largely because they did a complete 180-degree diet-and-exercise turn, and fell off the wagon.
Time and time again, people start out the year with good intentions, but forget about making smart intentions.
Being fired up and trying to make yourself a better person is all well and good, but the fire needs to be maintained to achieve results. Ever wonder why the gym looks like a ghost town all of a sudden in mid-March?
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Time and time again, people start out the year with good intentions,
but forget about making smart intentions.
That's when most people's motivation kicks the bucket from too much resolution, too soon. No one has ever sat on their butts watching TV for an entire year, decided to crawl out from under the mountain of Ben and Jerry's, then ran a marathon.
These things just don't happen overnight, and your new year's weight loss won't either.
So don't be a "resolutionist," and check out this short-and-sweet list of 52 easy tips to incorporate over the duration of the year. You may already know some of these tips, and if that's the case more power to you!
Gradually adding all of these pain-free tips to your diet habits is a doable and effective means burning fat without the crash. Bodies are like castles: Even the best ones have to be built one brick at a time.
- Stomp out regular soda. Switch to diet instead.
- Soak up excess grease on a pizza slice with a napkin.
- Soak up excess hamburger fat and grease with a paper towel.
- No more jelly donuts. Eat a slice of whole-wheat toast with jam for breakfast.
- For salads, hold the croutons please.
- When Sunday rolls around, boil a dozen eggs to use as quick snacks for the next week.
- Pure "Egg"cellence: When making scrambled eggs or omelets, use only half of the yolks.
- Eat only veggies and lean meat for one meal during the day.
- Eat turkey bacon instead of regular bacon.
- Plain Jane Burgers: Order simple hamburgers - no cheese, mayo, special sauce, or bacon!
- Order grilled chicken sandwiches instead of crispy. Remember, no cheese, mayo, special sauce, or bacon.
- Grill up extra pieces of chicken for dinner and use the leftovers to use as lunches for the next two days.
- Drink one glass of water immediately upon rising each day.
- Pick your dessert meal. Choose to have a dessert at lunch or dinner, not both.
- One lunch per week, eat a grilled-chicken salad with low-calorie dressing and a glass of sugar-free iced tea.
- Eat sundaes only on a Sunday.
- Hold the cheese on salads.
- Use dressings made with olive oil and vinegar instead of using ranch.
- No French fries, no Freedom fries ... no fries!
- Order water instead of soda at a restaurant.
- Eliminate one fast-food meal per week.
- Drink one less soda per day.
- Switch from whole milk to reduced-fat milk.
- Switch from reduced-fat milk to fat-free milk.
- Use non-stick cooking spray instead of oil or margarine to fry foods.
- Eat an apple with natural peanut butter instead of chips as a snack before bed.
- Buy lean hamburger meat.
- Wait for boneless/skinless chicken breasts to go on sale and stock your freezer.
- Get outside the box. Purchase food that isn't sold in a can or box.
- Only eat candy on the weekends.
- Set your alarm clock 20 minutes early and go for a 15-minute brisk walk before doing anything else in the morning.
- Start drinking fresh-brewed green tea.
- Make a sandwich with only one slice of bread instead of two.
- Pack a lunch and eat at a park instead of at a restaurant.
- Keep it green. Eat green veggies at lunch and dinner.
- Stop counting calories and concentrate on smaller portion sizes.
- Eat most of your carbohydrates earlier on in the day.
- Go for a stroll with a spouse or friend after dinner.
- Use olive oil or macadamia nut oil to cook with.
- Have a nice walk on Saturday or Sunday.
- If your clothes are too tight, lose weight. Don't buy bigger clothes.
- Don't order any appetizers.
- Invest in a nice pair of walking shoes.
- Tune up your workout. Listen to your favorite music during exercise.
- Get involved in a hobby after dinner to help stave off the evening "munchies."
- Lift weights at least twice per week.
- Do cardio exercise for 30 minutes at least three days per week.
- Be active with your kids or grandkids. Try playing a sport with them!
- Eat salmon once or twice per week.
- Mow your own lawn.
- Clean out that old garage.
- Last but not least, the 500-mile challenge: Buy a pedometer and walk 500 miles in one year!
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