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Top 10 Tips to Getting Fit

What is the main key to keeping those unsightly pounds off and getting fit? Balance! Remembering that each meal and workout matters, just as much as the snacks in between so include the tips below and witness not only getting in better shape, but also enjoying the process and maintaining the newer/better you.

1. Set Goals

In my book, YES MAM! Your Muscle as a Motivator, I discuss, before even tying your shoes laces or stepping inside a gym, know what your goals are. Do you want to lose weight, run a marathon, successfully complete a full body conditioning class, etc.? Determine your short-term and long-term goals and be confident that you can obtain them.

2. Make Better Food and Drink Selections

Get smarter about what you eat and drink. Pay attention to what you allow to go into your body by limiting the amount of sweets and alcoholic beverages you intake. Cupcakes are the new black and depending on their size, they can range from 150 – 550 calories in one serving. An average 5-ounce glass of red or white wine contains between 100 and 125 calories; therefore, three glasses of wine can quickly cost you an additional 300 calories.

During the day, drink sufficient amounts of water–it’s the best beverage for your body! When you are going to a holiday party, try to arrive at your destination with a satisfied appetite. You will feel better about yourself by not arriving hungry and will be less likely to overeat. Now you can be more focused on eating smaller portions. Remember you are in control of what you indulge in, so take the time to pay attention and make the wiser and healthier decision.

3. Keep Moving

Exercise is the key to burning calories. Discover extra ways to keep your body active. Use the parking lot as a treadmill and park as far away as you can to add in some extra cardio time. When it’s possible, use the stairs instead of the elevator. At the gym or at home, add in an extra 5 or 10 minutes to your cardio days. The little extra work here and there will add up.

4. Know Your Enemy

Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness, what’s yours? Replace your weakness with a healthy substitute. At your office have fruits, nut trail mixes, or lightly salted pretzels handy so when the chocolate candies are going around you have other options. By remembering what your weaknesses are you will have a better chance of being victorious over them.

5. Remind Yourself of Your Current Stats Daily

Take note of what your weight is and remind yourself daily that you do not intend to exceed that number. It’s important to many of us to lose weight, but equally important for us to maintain a healthy weight. Whether it’s at work or a party, remind yourself of what your weight is and if you over indulge you are most likely going to increase that number, which is definitely not what you want to do. You do not want to become obsessive about the number; however, it’s simply a way to keep you in line of where you are at and where you want to be. This is a simple tool to make you conscious again of your daily food choices and activities.

6. Accountability

Choose someone who will hold you accountable. That person should be a supporter of what you are trying to accomplish and give you honest feedback if you are not staying on track.

7. Dress The Part

Yes, most likely you are going to sweat, but still dress the part. Select clothes that are flattering to you. Wear the proper shoe for the type of exercise you are doing. There are different shoes for cycling, CrossFit, hiking, dancing, weight training, etc. Take the time to invest in the proper attire and keep in mind–the better you look the better you will feel.

8. Partner Up
It’s great to have a partner to work out with. The fact that someone else is in the same position as you and wants to become more fit or maintain their current fitness level, shows that you have similar interests and makes working out even more fun.

9. Enjoy!

The best way to stay fit is to enjoy the exercises you do. If you do not enjoy boxing, then it does not make sense to go to a boxing class. Engage in activities you do like so you will stick with it and make being fit a LIFESTYLE.

10. Chart Your Progress

Keep a log of your progress. When you set your goals, have a time frame of 6-8 weeks to see how your are doing in terms of obtaining them. Then when you see where you currently stand, you can make adjustments if need be or continue on the path you’re on and keep excelling. Remember, as you make progress, give yourself leeway to celebrate your success. You did a good job so take pride in it!


About Nicole Chaplin:

Nicole Chaplin is the author of Yes MAM! Your Muscle as a Motivator. She is also a celebrity personal trainer and fitness model. Learn more about her at and follow her on Twitter at @NicoleChaplin.