26 Dec 3 Ways to Your “Fittest Year Ever”
With the year coming to a close, it’s time to really think about what your fitness “plan of attack” will be for next year. You also want to make sure the upcoming year is not just another New Year’s Resolution that only lasts a couple of weeks. Your commitment to exercise and nutrition really doesn’t have to be that hard, you know? Here’s 3 great tips to get you in Amazing shape in 2011.
- Start Exercising with Kettlebells. It’s still amazing how many people haven’t heard of or even tried Kettlebells yet. While kettlbell training is a huge trend in fitness, there’s still many people out there that haven’t tried them out yet. I believe kettlebells haven’t even scratched the surface yet, as far as popularity and impact in the fitness industry. This is still a “baby” in the fitness arena. And for the skeptics out there, I can bet you either haven’t tried them OR you haven’t learned how to do this type of training the correct way, for maximum effectiveness. As I’ve repeatedly stated, kettlebell training is a game changer. In simple terms, it makes you super fit, strong, powerful, and improves cardiovascular conditioning, just for starters. I can ramble on and on about the benefits of kettlebell training. For a more comprehensive list of benefits, see the post I did, 28 Ways Kettlebell Training is Great for You. If you haven’t discovered this yourself, go to the Dragon Door website and find the closest certified instructor in your area, you’ll be glad you did!
- Cut the Carbs. At this point, I am thoroughly convinced that lower carb diets are the way to go for fat loss and ultimate conditioning. I’m not saying the low carb, feel bad, perform poorly type of low carb diet. I’m talking about avoiding overconsumption of the typical higher carbohydrate diet. Unless, you’re an elite athlete, there’s really not a good reason to eat an abundance of carbs these days. Now, this will depend a lot on your goals, body type, activity level, and exercise duration and intensity. But, I’ve have found that my energy levels are actually better (as a result of a more stable blood glucose pattern), my fat loss is greater, and I feel better by timing my carbs around my exercise to enhance my performance. For optimal health, energy, performance, and fat loss, reducing your carb intake will do you a world of good. In my opinion, one of the best books out there for much more information on this topic is, Primal Blueprint.
- Get Started & Never Miss a Workout for atleast 30 Days. Something I’ve discussed quite a bit here is the importance of starting a new habit and being relentless with it for 30 days. If you really want 2011 to be your ‘fittest year ever’, you’ll need to 1) Get Started and 2) Commit to it for 30 days, at a minimum! I’ve been working a this exact formula for the last 26 days, by posting every day right here on the StealthBody.com (to illustrate a point on the power of 30 day challenges). If you haven’t got started with your exercise program and you’re ready you get started, just start and commit. It works. Maybe you’ve plateaued or haven’t gotten the results you wanted this year, it works the same way. Start on something new (kettlebells, a new nutrition plan, consistency, increased intensity, whatever it is) and just commit to it for the next 30 days. By the end of that 30 days, you’ll have yourself a brand new habit and you’ll be on a road towards amazing progress.
There’s 3 simple tips and things you can do to make 2011 be your fittest year ever! Your fitness is a journey, not a destination. It’s something you can always improve upon every year and it can dramatically improve your life in almost every way possible.
A new year is about to begin. It’s up to you to decide whether this is going to be your fittest year ever and take a massive step towards your ultimate health, energy, and performance.
That’s it for Day 26 of 31 Days of Smart Fitness. Just a few more posts to go this year. I’m already looking forward to the next article, so I’ll be back here tomorrow for more and I have some other cool stuff coming this week. Stay tuned…