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2012 year of fitness

Written by: Cary Castagna, QMI Agency
Dec. 28, 2012

Tips for a new you in 2013

The world didn’t end this month and neither should your fitness aspirations.

Even if you missed workouts and ate like there was no tomorrow amid the widespread Mayan apocalypse fervor, your health isn’t doomed. In fact, you can decide to turn things around faster than a doomsday prepper can say “Baktun.”

To help make 2013 your fittest year ever, here’s a compilation of some of the top tips and inspirational tidbits from fitness enthusiasts who spoke to Keeping Fit in 2012.

Never give up

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Legendary talk-show host Montel Williams embraces a no-quit attitude when it comes to exercise and nutrition — even as he wages a daily battle with the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis. “I have to work at it every day. Because MS is such a strange disease, there are some days that no matter how hard I work, I still have a lot of pain. But the more I do this (work out and eat right), the more productive I am and the happier I feel. Dude, that’s called living. And I’m all about living.”

Push yourself

Madonna’s personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer, says an ironclad work ethic is what sets Madge apart from her pudgy fans. “One common mistake I see is ‘how’ someone is working out. They aren’t pushing themselves to the level needed to train muscles, burn fat and shape the body. To get results, you need to push your body past its limitations.”

Don’t make excuses

Stay-at-home mom Barbie Steinsholt-Thomas refuses to let the fact that she doesn’t have arms stop her from exercising her legs and torso at least five days a week. “I could sit around and pout about not having arms. I could have a bad attitude, but it doesn’t accomplish anything. I might as well be happy and make the best of what I’ve got.”

Think positively

Montreal fitness guru and motivational speaker Brian Grasso is a firm believer in the power of positive prophecy. “It’s all in the mind. Everything in life starts in the brain. The mental game you bring to physical fitness is the greatest part of it.”

It’s not all-or-nothing

Nadeen Boman, best known as co-host of Slice Network’s reality TV shows Bulging Brides and The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp (now in reruns), says small changes can go a long way. “A lot of people get scared about getting in shape because they think that they have to hit the gym five days a week for two hours at a time and they have to eat nothing but fruits and vegetables. But really, if they go from doing nothing to taking a walk around the block for 10 minutes at a time on a daily basis and eliminating one trip to McDonald’s or substituting some chips for popcorn, then they’ll start to see some results.”

Prepare for success

The secret to workout queen Kathy Smith’s agelessness is the prep work she puts into her diet. “If there’s any big key, it’s being prepared. If you work during the week, make your meals on Sunday. Make a big stew or vegetable soup with chicken or something.”

Eat like a baby

For Mark Macdonald, a fitness and nutrition consultant with CNN, good nutrition is child’s play. “Babies feed every three to four hours. They eat a balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates in breast milk. They stop eating when they’re satisfied and eat again when they’re hungry. That’s how we’re fed our entire first year of life. And then we abandon it.”

Open your mind

Fitness model and former Biggest Loser trainer Kim Lyons advises clients to avoid becoming too narrow-minded when it comes to eating. “The biggest problem I see when it comes to nutrition is people really focus on one thing. They focus on a fad diet that is low-sugar, low-fat, low-carb or low-calorie. But they never focus on the holistic approach of really analyzing all those things.”

Don’t forget to stretch

Retired pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, creator of DDP Yoga, says staying limber is critical to longevity. “So many people have been told you can’t do this or their body says you can’t do that anymore. So you don’t. Then every year, you get a little stiffer. … Flexibility is youth.”

Have fun

Celeb trainer Michelle Lovitt, who counts Jason Statham and Courtney Cox among her high-profile clientele, insists on making workouts enjoyable.

“My philosophy for myself and clients is to have fun while working out and to achieve results while having fun. It’s all about enjoying what you do, not overdoing it — everything in moderation so that you prevent injury — but working out in a manner so that you achieve the goals that you want without having to spend four or five hours a day in the gym.”

 

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