7 Sure Fire Strategies to Help You Stick To Your Healthy Lifestyle Goals

If it’s not already the topper on your list, it’s probably in the top 5. Getting fitter and or healthier reigns supreme on most New Year's resolution lists. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the first to fall by the wayside after only a few valiant attempts. Compared to some of the other common goals most people have like, finding a new job, saving money, being happier or more fulfilled, it would seem like simply exercising more and eating better would be the easiest of goals to accomplish. But as we all know it isn’t. I’ve been helping people commit to their health and fitness goals since before you had your first AOL account. Here are my top strategies for success: 1. Make it excuse proof. If you’re trying to stick to a new workout regimen, put your classes or training sessions on your calendar and do not schedule anything else in those time slots or too close. If you’re going for PM workouts, put your gym clothes in your car or better, change into them before you leave work. For morning workouts, have everything packed and ready to go before you go to bed. Set your coffee maker, have your workout clothes next to the bed and keep your alarm clock out of arms reach so you have to get out of bed to hit snooze. I once had a roommate who slept in her workout clothes – admirable! 2.  Keep your fridge and cupboards full or your favorite healthy foods instead of guilty pleasures. If you’re a chocoholic you probably keep a stash of emergency candy in a...

What Do You Need More: A Health Coach or a Fitness Trainer?

There's been a gradual shift happening over the last ten years on the professional side of the fit biz. All of the major certifying bodies have been pushing "specialty certifications." This is smart marketing.  Not just as an income source for these organizations to keep fitness professionals in their funnel, but because there really isn't a one size fits all approach to getting in shape.  It's unlikely that a 55 year old woman and a 35 year old guy will have the same goals and probably have different reasons for not attaining them.  One may gravitate towards studio cycling or boot camp style workouts and the other may prefer traditional weight training and Pilates.  Did you know that each of these workouts requires a different certification?  And that's just for trainers and instructors to work with clients who are already committed to going to the gym or studio, or, having a trainer come to them.  But there's a much larger issue at hand.  What about everybody else who still hasn't figured out how to stay committed or even find the motivation in the first place?  And what about the people who are working out but haven't learned to eat right yet so are undoing all their hard work by making the wrong food choices?  This is where a whole new segment of instructors and trainers are specializing.  Myself included.  It's called "Health Coaching."  It's an advanced certification meaning you already have to have at least a base certification.  Health Coaching addresses a clients fitness beyond the time they spend in the gym or studio.  It helps people address the...