10 Workout Secrets from the Pros [webmd.com]
1. Be Consistent Consistency is best tip for maintaining a successful fitness regimen.
The difference between success and others who have struggled is that I did it every single day.
No exercise program in the world works if you don't do it consistently.
2. Follow an Effective Exercise Routine
Strength training. Even 20 minutes a day twice a week will help tone the entire body.
Interval training. "In its most basic form, interval training might involve walking for two minutes, running for two, and alternating this pattern throughout the duration of a workout. It is an extremely time-efficient and productive way to exercise."
Increased cardio/aerobic exercise. Bryant suggests accumulating 60 minutes or more a day of low- to moderate-intensity physical activity, such as walking, running, or dancing.
3. Set Realistic Goals
Don't strive for perfection or an improbable goal that can't be met.
Focus instead on increasing healthy behaviors
Make it a habit to walk 15 minutes a day, and add time, distance, and intensity from there.
4. Use the Buddy System
Find a friend or relative whom you like and trust & wants to live a healthier lifestyle
Encourage one another. Exercise together.
Use this as an opportunity to enjoy one another's company and to strengthen the relationship.
5. Make Your Plan Fit Your Life
Make your plan fit your life. You don't need fancy exercise gear and gyms to get fit."
If you've got floor space, try simple floor exercises to target areas such as the hips and buttocks, legs and thighs, and chest and arms (like push-ups, squats, and lunges).
Aim for 10-12 repetitions of each exercise, adding more reps and intensity as you build strength.
6. Be Happy
Be sure to pick an activity you actually enjoy doing.
You can lose weight and get in shape with any type of training or activity
And choose something that is convenient
7. Watch the Clock
Try to work out at the time you have the most energy
If you're a morning person, schedule your fitness activities early in the day;
if you perk up as the day goes along plan your activities in the afternoon or evening.
Working out while you have the most energy will yield the best results
8. Call In the Pros
Getting a professional assessment, you can determine your weakest links and focus on them. This will improve your overall fitness balance."
Having a professional assessment to determine what types of exercise you need most.
Attention to flexibility or to balance and agility, may be more important than resistance training or aerobic
9. Get Inspired
Fitness is a state of mind
To get and stay motivated is to read blogs or web sites that show him how others have been successful. "Who inspires you?"
10. Be Patient
There will be ups and downs, setbacks and victories
Just be patient, and don't give up hang in there, and you'll see solid results.