Five ways to feel better and get fit fast

Another year and another holiday eating season have passed.

The extra weight from 2007 and 2008 has supplemented 2009’s weight gain and once again, you’re ready to get healthier. So, what’s it going to be? 

How committed are you to really changing your life in 2010? Are you willing to make real changes, or will you result to the route of late-night TV commercials selling bogus fitness equipment and fad diets.   Would you like to do something that really works? If so, cut this out and put it on your refrigerator. I’m going to give you five things you can do to get healthier. Do these every day and you’ll feel better immediately.


#1       Throw out unhealthy food.


Sweets, chips and soft drinks serve no healthy purpose. Keeping these around will make them available during times when will power is weaker.  Also, low-fat, reduced-fat and reduced sugar doesn’t make any of these healthy.  Stay away from them.          


#2       Embrace healthy whole grains, fruit, vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats.


Whole grain bread, blueberries, oatmeal, chicken, fish, walnuts, almonds, cabbage, squash, apple.  You may not crave fruits and vegetables, but your body does and it needs the fiber, vitamins and minerals these foods provide. You’ve conditioned yourself to crave table sugar. You can re-condition yourself to crave fruits and vegetables. Try small amounts and keep in mind how healthy, low calorie and satisfying these can be.


#3       Drink water.


Drink water before breakfast, during the day, and at every meal. Keep it with you. You’ll find yourself drinking it because it’s there- much the same strategy you already do with soft drinks. If you need a change, try flavored water. Too much of the sugar substitutes in these don’t always digest well, but it’s a better choice than sugary colas.


#4       Move.


Do not pass up an opportunity to move. Climb stairs, walk parking lots, jog, lift weights, hike, clean the house, plant a garden, etc.  Never opt to sit on the couch when you can exercise. The more you move, the better you feel. Research has proven time and again, people who fidget and “can’t sit still” tend to be thinner from all the extra activity.


#5       Keep a journal.


Find a journal and make it your daily accountability. In it, write down all you did for exercise each day and jot down the foods you ate. You can find some of these journals at (I like the body minder version). Don’t go four hours without eating and don’t go a day without exercising. If you write your eating and exercise activity down, you’ll see (on paper) the difference you’re making this year.


Good luck!


Jeff Howerton ACSM, CSCS is a trainer and owner of LEAN Personal Training, where he and his trainers work with clients to lose fat, develop lean muscle and implement strategies for healthier living. Reach him at

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