Friday, 05 January 2018 10:36

Top Tips for Tip-top Health

Written by  Kelly Brown
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Cori Friar from Beer City Barre. Cori Friar from Beer City Barre. Courtesy photo

It’s a new year and everyone’s trying to get fit. We picked the brains of fitness experts around West Michigan to find out what keeps them motivated and on track with their New Year’s Resolutions.

Cori Friar, Beer City Barre
It can sometimes be so hard to stay motivated when life seems to be spinning wildly out of control — and as a fitness studio owner, it is no different. But I try to practice the mantra I preach to my clients all the time: life is all about balance. Set small goals for yourself you know you can hit, and build from there. But don’t forget to have FUN in the process.

Brian Oropallo, CrossFit 616
Find a community of people that share your goals. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people will make your training more fun and keep you on track and accountable. The magic isn’t in the number of reps and sets, but in consistency over the long haul, and having a support group will make that easier and more enjoyable.

Amy Schoonover, Flirt Fitness
I verbally commit to things and tell other people my goals. I will tell people I am competing, so I MUST do the work to get there. I will tell the owner of my boxing class that I will see her on Friday, so I CANNOT make any excuses. I tell my other fitness friends my goals for the year so when they ask me how I’m doing, I have somehow held myself accountable to put in the work.

Scott Hamilton, Allegro Coaching
Find a workout buddy: In my opinion, this is one of the most important things to keep your exercise motivation. Also, focus on a feeling and stop comparing yourself to others and start being proud of your actions. Wishing to be different or blaming yourself for acting poorly won’t help you move forward. Book and schedule workouts in advance, not weekly. As for food, as soon as you get home from the grocery store, cut your veggies and separate your proteins into individual serving sizes.

Trista Parisian, FlexCity Fitness
New Year’s resolutions are great, but they are just talk if you don't take small achievable action steps. So many people try to do it on their own and the reality is our intentions are often good but the follow-through is not. The key for us is having an environment that supports, encourages and holds you accountable. Keeping yourself engaged with a variety of fun workouts helps you stay motivated without getting bored!

Rachel Clousing, Personal Trainer and UFE Pro
During, and post, holidays I find it easier to stay on track with my fitness goals and routine if I keep some things consistent with nutrition. Eating the same breakfast or performing the same morning routine keeps me from derailing through the day. Also, scheduling workouts during busy times with friends or family is a great way to stay active.

Diane Teal Evans, Ditea Wellness
I do a loose menu plan at the end of the week and pull inspiration from food accounts on Instagram — there are so many healthy-ish resources if you're ever lacking inspiration! My market trip and grocery crawl is one of my favorite parts about my Saturday routine. I go armed with a detailed grocery list, and a few podcasts or an audiobook to keep it fun. I schedule meal prepping and exercise into my digital calendar like they're meetings. This helps me keep myself accountable when I feel like going off track.

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