After being in the fitness industry for almost 40 years (!!!) one thing I have learned is that being healthy is a LIFESTYLE. It is all about feeling motivated and taking action! So here are my 7 healthy lifestyle tips that anyone can use to get - and stay - healthy and fit!!
7 Healthy Lifestyle Tips1. Start
It's all about establishing a routine. Squeeze in just 10 minutes to move, and then add five minutes the next time. If you just do that, you'll see a huge difference. These 5-Minute Workouts
are a great place to start - do one or all today!!2. Shake things up
I'm a big believer in mixing up your routine. I change it up all the time with barre, yoga, cardio, high-intensity circuits. I love to play tennis with my husband Jeff, and sometimes on weekends we play with the whole family. Jeff has played his whole life. He was an All American, won 2 NCAA's championships at UCLA and played professionally too! The Austin family of five had all tennis champions. Jeff's sister is Tracy Austin. So it's all in the family - which is easy for us, but you can do this with your family, too! Play a game of kickball, go for a group hike or bike ride, even daily after dinner walks are a great way to get everyone involved and have fun!3. Find the joy in getting healthy
I'm motivated because I love what I do. It's positive, and helping people keeps me going. Find the joy in a workout that you will love, and you are more likely to do it consistently. This leads to a healthy lifestyle without even knowing you are working towards it! Walking with a friend is one of my favorites because I get to catch up and get in some fitness at the same time!4. Be consistent
I'm just like everyone else — I'd rather sit on the couch and eat doughnuts. But I exercise to feel good, and I know how I feel when I don't. I only work out for 30 minutes, but I do it almost every day. Consistency is key. So make that pledge to yourself to tackle some form of exercise for at least 10 minutes most days this week - and work your way up! You will feel great afterwards!5. Try new music
I have two daughters who really keep me young with their fun music they introduce me to. My daughter, Kelly works in the music industry so I get a chance to hear ALL kinds of great new music. Looking forward to a new playlist keeps me on my toes and looking forward to working out!6. Eat well 80 percent of the time
I'm into eating whole foods. I don't starve myself, and I don't think other people should either. But I give myself "cheat meals" 20 percent of the time. It's about balance. If I do indulge, it might be on a glass of red wine or dessert if I'm out. Overall this balance works for me, and it may work for you, too - give it a try! My Whole Body Plan offers a wonderful, well-rounded eating plan
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Some foods I'll always have in my kitchen
are spinach (high in vitamin C), quinoa (a high-protein whole grain), walnuts (good for heart health), olive oil and avocados (both are healthy fats). I try not to have junk food in my kitchen at all, or I will see it and eat it. My favorite is ice cream, so when I really want it, we walk to the ice cream shop and get either a scoop of coffee ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt. That way it's perfectly portioned, unlike a carton of ice cream, which I could down in one sitting while mindlessly watching TV. I also usually have a dark-chocolate bar handy for a sweet-tooth attack — but a healthy one that is high in antioxidants and at least 70 percent real cocoa.
I hope these healthy suggestions help YOU want to lead a healthy daily life... a little goes a long way, so stick with your goals and you will reap the benefits! Don't forget that a 7-day free trial is available now for a DeniseAustin.com membership
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Let's get fitter, together - inside and out,