It's a Lifestyle, Not a Resolution

Want real change? Make fitness and clean eating a lifestyle, not a resolution.

January 28, 2013
It's a Lifestyle, Not a Resolution

Thank you Muscle & Fitness Hers for the opportunity to contribute. I am honored and excited to bring my perspective, advice, encouragement and knowledge to you readers. As a business owner, a driven executive, single mother, fitness model and a sponsored athlete, I have a good handle on how to deal with a busy life and stay fit thru it all. I will be sharing tips and tricks that are sure to help you too so stay tuned.

Living a life that requires no New Year’s resolutions

It's January meaning that a lot of people, including many busy moms have just made New Year’s resolutions related to their fitness level, weight loss, diet and training. Many have already quit on what they set out to do. When someone asks me what my New Year’s resolution was, my answer is always the same: I don't make resolutions. Instead, I live every day of the year the way that I want my life to be.

I feel at my best when I am in shape. And it's not just about looking a certain way; the benefits of living fit extend to every area of our lives. We are happier, healthier, have more energy, perform better at intellectual tasks, have more and better sex (yes, I said it!), feel better about ourselves, can prevent illnesses and the list goes on. Need I say more about why a fit life is an amazing life?

So how do you make sure that fitness and a clean diet is a lifestyle, not a fast fading New Year’s resolution?

Let's start with the biggie: diet. You probably already know that no matter how hard you go at the gym and no matter how much cardio you are doing, you won't see the results that you want unless your diet is on point. I have personally tried several different diets to get lean for contests or shoots. What I have found is that no one diet is best. There are diets that are better but none do it all the time. It comes down to your body's ability to adapt to anything and the simple logic of the balance of calories in/calories out. My diet guru Dr. Michael Kim (follow him on Twitter) always tells me to keep the metabolism on the edge. Eat cheat meals. Decrease intake. Sometimes cut out carbs. When you feel stuck, change it up! That way you never get bored either and are much more likely to stay on track.

The same goes for your workouts; make sure to change it up and keep it fresh. Do your HIIT intervals. Take days light. Do two a days. Get your yoga, weights, cardio etc. in throughout the week. When you have super energy walking into the gym, use it to push yourself harder than ever before. Get out of your comfort zone to get results. But also remember to take a day off every week to allow your body time to grow and change. When your body continues to respond, your mind stays excited and before you know it, it’s a lifestyle!

Most importantly, make sure to enjoy your workouts. Living the fit life should be fun. I love the way that I feel when I train hard. I get excited to go to the gym, try new workouts or clean recipes. Make it fun and enjoy the results of your hard work. You too can commit to a life that makes you realize that you don’t need to make a fitness related resolution in 2014 because you are living a fit life every day. High fives!

Noora
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