Your Top Ten Fitness Checklist 2012

To kick off the New Year right, I’ve come up with a Top Ten Checklist to help you get through the toughest month of the year.

Your Top Ten Fitness Checklist 2012Though not many principles have changed over the past year, I’ve created a revamped pant-kicker of a dilly, designed to keep you on the road to fitness success.

Top Ten Fitness Checklist

  1. Don’t drown and dilute yourself in too much water. Unless you suffer from conditions like hyperhidrosis, or you are an athlete, stick to a basic guideline of 2 liters of water a day and you should be fine. You get a lot of water from the foods you eat too, like all the veggies and fruit I am assuming you are eating, and that counts as your daily intake of H2O. Just check your urine, it should be pretty much clear and if not, drink up!
  2. Set easy-to-follow, measurable, attainable, specific goals with a timeline to achieve them. Also be sure to focus on one goal at a time until the wheels are really in motion. Too much at once can set you up for failure.
  3. Prioritize nutrition with tons of veggies, proteins, healthy fats, fruits and some starches if you earned them.
  4. Enlist help. Even the pros do it as we are often our own worst critics or our own best cheerleaders, so don’t feel badly for needing or wanting help. We often can’t see what others can and if you don’t know where you are or how to get there, you will never reach your goal. Even if you just need the support, hire a coach, a trainer, join online forums or a community group. The power of people is quite amazing and it always helps to know that you are not alone in your journey.
  5. Get clean! And I don’t just mean your actual food intake. It doesn’t matter what you want to do or achieve if you are laid up in bed sick as a dog, so be sure that you are scrubbing your fruits and veggies and washing your hands before and after eating and all throughout the day.
  6. Bring your own towels and hand sanitizer to the gym. Sure gyms are great, but they are also a disgusting microbe and pathogen-infested playground. So be sure to bring your own towel to lay down on the benches you’re using and apply an 80-90% alcohol-based sanitizer to your hands during training to help prevent catching germs as much as possible.
  7. Be less fearful of foods. Make an effort to try an exotic food or just foods you never would have thought of trying for their high nutrient content like organ meats, various seaweeds like my favorite dulse, different veggies like kale, rappini, okra or a variety of high antioxidant exotic fruits. These foods are so rich in nutrients, we can all benefit by diversifying our diets.
  8. Take up a sport. Even if you never were athletic, you just never know. You might have a competitive side and simply fall in love with playing like you did when you were a kid. The physical (improved health, mobility, agility, balance, etc.) and the psychological (increased self-esteem, improved brain function from learning new skills, etc.) benefits of sport cannot be ignored and these benefits will transfer into other aspects of your life too.
  9. Ditch the drag! If you find yourself surrounded by people who drain your energy, are never really gunning for you or pushing and helping challenge you to improve and excel, not sharing any play time, it is time to ditch whatever is dragging you down so you can soar.
  10. Never give up. Even if you have the same resolutions or goals you had last year because you haven’t achieved them, that is okay. Keep trying until you find the solution, methods and behavior modifications (habit swaps) that work best for YOU. There are thousands of trainers, coaches, nutritionists, motivators and methods out there, so you have plenty to choose from and there are so many because we all have different gifts to give and different needs. It may be discouraging but I promise you your IT that makes it stick IS out there so just never give up!

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