September 2019

Top 5 Tips for a Fitness & Workout Routine You’ll Stick To

By Michael George

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An exercise program’s ultimate goal should be about being healthy, while connecting the mind and body as part of your lifestyle. Your body image should be the byproduct of a balanced exercise program. But it’s hard to stay in shape if every exercise routine falls by the wayside within weeks and every fitness goal is forgotten until the next New Year’s resolutions are made. Follow my top 5 tips to designing a fitness routine that works for your individual needs, and you will have an easier time sticking to it. Focusing on taking care of your body will result in a great body—along with an empty space on that list of resolutions when New Year’s rolls around.

1. Set Realistic Goals for Your Workout Routine
What do you want to accomplish with your fitness program? Make a list of goals or changes you would like to make in your lifestyle. Some good examples are weight loss, increased strength, increased energy, stress reduction, preventive healthcare, and increased metabolism. Realistic, achievable goals will keep you motivated, focused, and interested as you watch those goals become reality.

2. Determine How Much Time You Can Commit to Exercise & Training
How much time can you realistically give toward exercise and fitness each day or each week? Try to set regular times for your workouts and develop a consistent routine. Remember, we all make choices every day about what we schedule into our lives. Exercise is a commitment.

3. Evaluate Your Workout Likes, Dislikes, Strengths & Weaknesses
Focus your workouts and exercise choices around activities you enjoy, while taking into account previous injuries and family medical history. Try to make exercise fun and interesting. Exercise should be an integral part of a balanced lifestyle.

4. Incorporate Variety & Balance in Your Workout Schedule
Your workout program should combine strength training exercises, cardiovascular cross-training, flexibility activities, and mind-centering practices. You should change the flow of your workout regularly for continued progress and to avoid boredom. This way, you promote a mind-and-body connection.

5. Listen to Your Body When Exercising
Your body will tell you when to push harder and when to back off while working out. Stay connected to how you are feeling. If your body is tired, don’t force yourself to do a hard workout. Alter your workout to be more relaxing by doing more flexibility work, which is meditative; otherwise you will only succeed in fatiguing your body further. On the flip side, if you are mentally tired, do activities that will rejuvenate you, such as cardiovascular training and strength training. Either way, exercise on a daily basis. You will feel better about yourself and your life as a whole.

Michael George, Health & Fitness Contributing Editor

Michael George is one of Hollywood’s most sought after fitness experts and celebrity trainers. He is the author of Body Express Makeover in which his balanced fitness regime integrates the body, mind, and spirit connection for optimal energy and health. Read more

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Michael George is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after fitness experts and celebrity trainers. He is the author of Body Express Makeover in which his balanced fitness regime integrates the body, mind, and spirit connection for optimal energy and health. Featured in over 100 magazines and newspapers internationally, Michael has transformed some of Hollywood’s most dynamic A-list celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Meg Ryan, Christian Slater, and Matt Dillon. He has been a repeat guest on talk shows such as Good Morning America and The View and is also a fitness spokesperson for companies such as Kraft, Subway, and Nike. Michael George currently resides in southern California.

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  • Fitness is a lifestyle, not just that thing you do in the gym every once in a while. Make healthy living a daily habit like brushing your teeth.
  • Exercise to feel better, not for body image, because there is no such thing as the perfect body. Even if you had the perfect body it wouldn’t be perfect enough.
  • Stress promotes disease. Your mental state of mind is just as important as your physical well-being. Spend time just being instead of always doing.
  • For weight management follow a structured nutritional plan that provides for 5 small meals and 2 light snacks per day versus 2 or 3 big meals per day. Make your body fuel efficient, just like your car, by planning your meals (tune-ups) ahead of time.

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