Fitness expert provides tips for office workers

By Cindy Whitmarsh

This is the time of year when we are all excited about making positive changes in our lives!  This is also the time that some of us start to lose will power and forget our New Years' fitness resolutions!  Knowing that you need to change your habits and start an exercise program is one thing, but actually getting, and staying, motivated is the key.  I've compiled some tips to help keep you on your healthy fitness plan for 2011! Here's the first tip, and more will follow during the next few months. 

TIP #1: GETTING AND STAYING MOTIVATED

Do you ever hear yourself saying:

"I'm too busy," "I'm just so tired," or "working out is just too much work?"

I hear all of these excuses on a regular basis.  Instead of making excuses, I want you to decide that this is the moment that you are going to commit to DO IT. You're going to get in shape, get healthy, and it's going to be fun. Here are four motivational tips I use, both personally and with my clients:

First, you must practice self-acceptance.  You deserve to be in shape, have more energy, and feel confident each day about both your abilities and your appearance.

Second, everyone embarking on a new nutrition and fitness program should set short- and long-term goals before they begin.  Make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T.: 

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

Third, be accountable to someone.  Accountability helps to maintain the momentum that often starts to stall as you fall into a routine, especially if that program fails to produce the results you're expecting.  If you have the means, I encourage you to consider hiring a personal trainer or nutritionist - you are making an investment in yourself that is well-deserved.

Fourth, make sure you pick exercises that you enjoy!  It doesn't make any sense when people spend a whole lot of time doing something they hate.  Your exercise options are incredibly abundant - there must be something you'll enjoy doing on a regular basis!

About the author:

Cindy Whitmarsh is a 17-year veteran fitness professional. She has a bachelor's degree in corporate and community fitness/nutrition from North Dakota State University, and she holds credentials of ACE Certified Fitness Instructor, ACE Certified Lifestyle and Weight management, and NASN Licensed Sports Nutritionist. She has appeared in multiple infomercials, ExerciseTV features, and various news and fitness segments, is the author of "101 Ways to Workout with Weights" as well as two ultrafit cookbooks, and is a nutrition/fitness consultant to many athletes including San Diego Charger football players, San Diego Charger girls, and professional baseball players. For more information, visit her Web site.

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