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10 Tips From a Bally Fitness Director

You can get fit in 2009 and we are giving away an incredible package of goodies to help you on your way. Along with a year's worth of nutrition plans by Alexa Fishback and a $1,000 Nike gift card, we are giving away two annual memberships to Bally Total Fitness along with some great Bally's gear. Amie Harwick, a fitness director at a Bally's in the LA area, has some tips to help you get back to basics and fulfill your 2009 fitness goals.

They are:

  1. Doing 100 crunches won't get you that flat stomach that you want for the Summer. Instead, focus on full body exercises to maximize your calories burned.
  2. Want to maximize your results and utilize your time better at the gym? Then do active rest between sets of exercises. The easiest options are jumping jacks, running laps, or jumping rope.
  3. Work out with a partner, or even better, a personal trainer! Someone holding you accountable will make the difference between you making excuses and you seeing results.
  4. Creating accountability also works with your diet. Write everything that you eat and send it to a friend daily. Have her send hers to you as well. Writing down your food works well when there is someone that will reinforce your good and bad choices.
  5. Exercise shouldn't just be at the gym! Surround yourself with healthy friends and go for walks, hikes, kayaking, and choose other activities that make you move your body.

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  1. Don't underestimate the power of sleep. A normal healthy adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Too little sleep can cause drops in metabolism and heightened stress, increasing the likelihood of avoiding needed exercises. Get those Zzzz's!
  2. Confused about what to eat for breakfast before a workout? Basically, anything is better than nothing, but to be top notch, choose foods that are high in complex carbs to give you energy that you need. High fiber cereal with skim milk and yogurt with granola are great choices.
  3. Commit yourself to a run or an active event that will motivate you to train. Even if it's a 5K charity walk, knowing that's coming up will push you to prepare.
  4. Stay away from sports drinks or energy drinks. The best way to stay hydrated is just water.
  5. One easy thing that you can buy is a pedometer. If you can't make it to the gym, go for a walk/run. A mile burns roughly 100 calories. Use the pedometer to track your distance when walking your local neighborhood or park.
  6. Keep it basic. Keep it simple. Stay active. Eat healthy, often, and in small portions. Most importantly, stay positive! And don't forget to enter the Get Fit for 2009 Giveaway!


mod16 mod16 8 years
love the tips, but i have already heard most of them before. some of them are just common sense
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Not a Bally's fan. Sorry.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great tips!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
She's right about doing full-body exercises to maximize your calorie burn when you want to get results. I've been doing full-body planks and oblique work for a couple of months now and I have much better muscle definition than I did when I did more isolation work.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I like the idea of emailing a friend your diet for the day. I think this will work to just keep up the habit of healthy eating for non-calorie-counters.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
While water may be best for hydrating, sports drinks have their place when it comes to replacing salts for endurance events. Only drinking water during marathon or long bike ride is a great way to get hyponatremia.
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