Mary Lado Bonus Training Tips
Professional figure athlete and program designer Mary Elizabeth Lado offers these tips for staying in great shape over the long term.
Tips for Staying in Great Shape
>> To ensure success, set small and realistic goals first (such as losing 5-10 pounds instead of 20), then set bigger ones after you’ve achieved your initial objectives. You’re more capable of staying on track this way without getting overwhelmed by the bigger picture.
>> Nutrition is the other half of the equation. Learning how to eat right has played a huge role in my ability to stay in shape and be healthy. Without proper nutrition, you won’t be able to get the most out of your workouts, and your fitness goals will be that much harder to achieve.
>> Don’t feel as though the gym is the only place to exercise. You can do things outside the gym to burn calories, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, dancing, taking a long walk outside, riding your bike, working out to exercise DVDs at home and much more. Staying active when I’m not in the gym helps me to continually burn calories and stay lean.
>> Consistency is crucial. This might be the single most important factor to staying in shape. The key is to avoid taking a week or more off here or there - when you do that regularly, you end up having to start all over each time you return to the gym. Establish a set schedule of workouts every week and make each one mandatory.
>> If you’re short on time because of work and/or family obligations, train first thing in the morning to make sure you get your workout in. This way, you won’t have to worry about fitting it into your schedule later in the day when you have more going on. Exercising in the morning will also make you feel more energized throughout the day. Keep your gym bag packed and in the car at all times so that when you have time to work out, you’ll be ready to go. It all comes down to managing your time wisely.