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Top fitness tips of 2011

Written by: Cary Castagna, QMI Agency
Dec. 26, 2011

'Believing in yourself is first step' and other inspiring words from our fitness gurus

Didn’t quite accomplish all your fitness goals in 2011?

I feel your pain, because neither did I. Sigh.

Of course, there’s always 2012.

But if the doomsday prophets are right, there won’t be a 2013. So let’s get ‘er done this coming year!

To help ensure we all fit into our “skinny jeans” before next December’s much-ballyhooed apocalypse, here are the top tips and inspirational tidbits from several high-profile fitness enthusiasts who spoke to Keeping Fit in 2011.

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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

Molly Morgan, registered dietitian and author of The Skinny Rules: The 101 Secrets Every Skinny Girl Knows, says believing in yourself is crucial for long-term success.

“You CAN fit fitness into your life. You CAN eat healthier. You CAN make it happen. Believing in yourself is really the first step.”

BE CONSISTENT

Tony Horton, chiselled creator of the wildly popular P90X fitness program, doesn’t like to miss workouts. And neither should you.

He says none of his personal training clients has ever told him that they felt worse after exercise.

“The answer’s always ‘better.’ So why wouldn’t you want to feel good every day?”

CHALLENGE YOURSELF

Rising to new challenges, explains Tae Bo legend Billy Blanks, “will teach you how to go through the fire and come out of there. … Challenge yourself, and really learn how to communicate with your body and how to educate your mind to pull your body into control.”

EXERCISE ANYWHERE

Tara Stiles, named the coolest yoga instructor ever by Vanity Fair, looks for ways to be active no matter where she is — even on a plane.

“I’ll just get up, go to the bathroom and do some twisting from side to side. You can do things like that during your day that take pressure out of your body, lengthen your spine and make you feel a lot better in a short period of time.”

MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR

“To be successful in any fitness program, you’ve got to be able to involve the entire family unit,” says Dai Manuel, co-owner of western Canadian fitness equipment store Fitness Town. “As soon as you start to integrate fitness in your daily routine, it doesn’t become such a chore anymore.”

WORK OUT IN THE A.M.

Hollywood heartthrob Josh Duhamel makes exercise a priority by working out first thing in the morning whenever he can.

“I try to get up (and work out) because inevitably I’m going to feel better and the day’s going to go better,” he says. “If I wake up and go right to work, it takes me until noon to get my s--- together.”

BALANCE EXERCISE WITH NUTRITION

You can’t do one without the other and expect optimal results, says Tommy Europe, retired CFLer and host of reality TV weight-loss shows The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp and Bulging Brides.

“A lot of people will only work out and they’ll eat like crap. Or they’ll eat well and don't want to train. You gotta live in balance.”

CONTROL PORTIONS

Robin Antin, famed Pussycat Dolls creator, practises a simple portion-control strategy she dubs the “half-diet,” where she eats half of what’s on her plate when she goes to a restaurant.

“The servings are so big, especially in America. Everything is just so massive that sometimes you’re just not supposed to eat that much.”

SLEEP WELL

J.J. Virgin, co-star on TLC’s Freaky Eaters and author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy, recommends managing stress and getting seven to nine hours of high-quality sleep every night, which has been proven to aid in weight loss.

“It’s really basic stuff, but society has moved away from it to ‘less sleep, more work.’”      

BE RESILIENT

Celebrity fitness guru Jackie Warner says resilience is ultimately the biggest indicator of success.

“The thing that I’m seeing that makes people successful is not having an A-type personality or being more intelligent — it’s really about how resilient you are. When things knock you down or take you out, or you lose everything, how quickly can you get back up and how much passion can you get back up with?”

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