34 Tips for Fitness Success

I saw this in my GolfDigest magazine and it was 42 tips to be at your best before summer.  Although some of it is golf related, the rest of it totally applies to everyday real world living.  If we want to be the best we have to apply these tips day in and day out and we will all see the benefits.  Embrace as many of these as you can and it won’t be long before you look better and feel better.  Here are 34 tips to help us achieve a better you:

  1. Drink more water. A lot more.  That’s still not enough.
  2. Walk.  Walk more rounds.  Walk to work. Walk to the store. Walk around the block.  Walk the dog.  Stand up from reading this right now and walk.
  3. Write down how much you sleep each day.  Your goal is 60 hours a week.
  4. Strengthen the most important muscles in the golf swing(and body) your glutes(buttocks)
  5. Constantly check your posture.  In fact, stop right now and sit up straight.  But don’t arch your back when you do.
  6. Take the stairs; two at a time if you can.
  7. Buy a $10 foam roller and knead the muscles of your body three times a week while you watch TV – especially your hips.
  8. Eat low glycemic fruit such as pears, grapefruits, cherries, peaches and apples.
  9. Quit smoking.  You can do it.
  10. Cut your starchy-food intake by half.  Start with white bread.
  11. Breathe using you belly, not just your chest.
  12. Make your lunch.  You’re much more likely to eat healthier when you control the ingredients – and you’ll save money.
  13. At least twice a week do a low-intensity physical activity that you enjoy.  Who doesn’t love a leisurely bike ride?
  14. Eat more vegetables.  Potato chips and carrot cake are not vegetables.
  15. Whenever you do a push exercise, immediately follow it with a pull exercise.  No break.
  16. Strengthen your hamstrings.  Pull your kids in a wagon.
  17. Consume a lot more omega – 3 fatty acid.  You can get it from flaxseed oil, fish oil, mackerel, salmon and walnuts.
  18. Stabilize the muscles of your core by raking leaves, paddling a canoe or sweeping floors.
  19. Then strengthen them.  Planks are great.
  20. Make sure most of your protein comes from the best sources; eggs, nuts, fish and poultry.
  21. Switch from milk chocolate to dark.  The darker the better.
  22. Do sprint/walk intervals.  Shoot for 30 seconds of running followed by 30 seconds of walking.  Try the intervals six times or more.
  23. Instead of downing pills, find food sources that supply those vitamins and minerals.
  24. Get more good fats into your meals such as avocados, nuts, olive oil and egg yolks.
  25. If you’re going to drink alcohol, limit sugar every way you can.
  26. Don’t forget to do exercises that move the body laterally and/or rotationally.
  27. Drop down and do push-ups whenever you can. Go slow, and strive for perfect form.
  28. Jump rope.  It’s great for your conditioning, coordination and posture.
  29. Jump in general.  Two legs, one leg, sideways.  It will improve lower-body strength and tap into your inherent coordination.  Yep, it’s still there.
  30. Eliminate soda and fruit juice, especially ones with artificial sweeteners.
  31. Eat nuts instead of pretzels.
  32. Go out when the sun’s out.  Small doses of vitamin D will help keep your bones healthy and muscles functioning.
  33. Don’t skip breakfast.  Ever.
  34. Once in a while, ignore Nos. 1-34 and indulge.

 

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