With the New Year right around the corner, many of you have ‘get fit’ or ‘achieve my perfect body’ on your resolution list. I’m going to share my top five secrets to getting that perfect body.
I’ve said many times that it’s impossible to out-train a bad diet. The fact that your diet is a crucial piece of the puzzle, when it comes to achieving your perfect body, can’t be denied. There are many personal trainers, types of equipment and infomercials that may promise you that you can torch away thousands of calories in one simple workout.
Don’t believe the hype. There are two sides to every equation, and in this case the perfect body equation involves a good diet and a good exercise routine.
For years, people focused on diet alone to help with weight loss. It was a common topic in the media, but science proves that there are many benefits you can get from being active. Being active on a regular basis can help to improve your physical wellness, slow down the aging process, improve your mood and boost your self-esteem just to name a few. It can also help you better master your nutritional needs, so that you can keep your body in balance long-term. You’ll start noticing that when you exercise you’ll crave nutritious foods. When you eat better, you’ll have more energy for exercise.
A perfect body in my mind isn’t all about looks. It’s one that’s healthy and ready to perform the tasks that you need it to, so that you can live a happy and fulfilling life. My definition of perfect is very personal and ever evolving. There’s no set standard of what a perfect body is—despite what the media says. Your perfect body equation could be striving for feeling energized and well, looking fit or performing your best, or some combination of all three. Whatever your definition is, you need to have a 100% good attitude so you can succeed.
Use my Five P’s to get your perfect body, and to help you get started and stay in control of your own body perfection equation.
Provide your body with what it needs. The aim of your daily nutrition intake is to give your body the fuel it needs to perform the essential functions of daily life. Your body also needs nutrients to recover, replenish and re-build itself, especially after a hard workout.
Today is what’s important because tomorrow isn’t a promise. We’re all guilty of saying ‘I’ll start tomorrow,’ but what’s wrong with today? Start today and be present in the choices you make. The smallest changes can lead to significant results, but you have to start in order to elicit change.
Getting fit and feeling healthy should never just be a short-term goal. Yes, you may be motivated by an upcoming event to whip yourself into shape. But to get good results and maintain healthy habits, you must be persistent and committed long-term. Persistence pays off when it comes to establishing new healthy lifestyle habits.
Make the most of your time and make every second count. Don’t watch TV or read a magazine while you’re on the treadmill. Instead, work hard and keep your intensity high, especially if you only have a short amount of time available for exercise. Mix up your routine, keep it simple and be as practical as possible. Set yourself up for success by making your daily activity goals achievable.
The best gift you can give yourself is the gift of patience. In order for your body to change, you must give it time to adapt to your new and improved healthy lifestyle habits. Repetition and time is what it takes to form good habits that will last. The best approach is to take it one day at a time.
I’ll admit it, I’m exhausted by the letter P now! This post was inspired by a perfect stranger I came across at an airport who asked me for my definition of a perfect body. What prompted her to ask? It may have been my slightly out-of-place stretching routine after getting off a 15-hour flight, or maybe it was the wall sits I was doing whilst waiting for my next flight. I’m happy to say that she left my side with more than a quick answer. She left knowing that we all deserve to be perfectly healthy, and achieving it is simpler than she thought.
Samantha Clayton is responsible for all activities relating to exercise and fitness education for Independent Herbalife Members and employees. Through in-person training sessions, educational tools and materials, and her blog (www.discovergoodfitness.com), she ensures that the important role of exercise as part of a healthy, active life is understood by all. She also helps create, organize and promote employee fitness programs and activities as an integral part of the company’s corporate wellness program.
A native of Liverpool, England, Samantha initially worked as a consultant for Herbalife for two years and led the Herbalife24-Fit program, the company’s first comprehensive fitness training program and DVD series.
Before joining the corporate ranks, Samantha was a professional athlete. She represented Great Britain in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in both the 200m and the 4x100m relay events. Prior to the Olympics, she won two medals in the Olympic AAA trials – a silver medal for the 200m and a bronze for the 100m – as well as a silver medal in the 4x100m relay during the European Junior Championships in 1997. Her personal records include 11.40 seconds in the 100m and 23.02 seconds in the 200m.
Samantha is a personal trainer and group exercise coach through the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and International Sport Science Association (ISSA).