Slacking on your New Year's resolutions? We enlisted five LA trainers to share their dos and don’ts for sticking with a healthy lifestyle in 2014.
Bizzie Gold of Butik Studio suggests healthy snacks and staying off the scale.
Bizzie Gold, Butik Studio DO pick a healthy snack and track your physical changes: “Pick a snack that you can ‘binge’ on freely. My ideas include roasted seaweed, taro chips, kale chips, fruit, or cut veggies. [Also,] use a symptom tracker and check in with your body. When you feel physical changes in your body you'll be more motivated to stick with your new fitness plan.”
DON’T use a scale to measure your success: “When you decrease your BMI, you may actually gain weight but appear much leaner and even [fit into] a smaller jeans size. Scales will only derail your efforts. Use a trusted friend, partner, mirror, or photo to measure change—not a number.” 1514 17th St., Ste. 101, â€¨Santa Monica, 310-315-7300
Celebrity trainer Teddy Bass recommends celebrating even your smallest accomplishments.
Teddy Bass DO drink lots of water and celebrate small accomplishments: “Drink enough water so whatever you do decide to eat can be metabolized properly and your body can detoxify. And, give yourself credit for even the smallest of accomplishments, because all the small steps in the end add up to major results mentally and physically.”
DON’T make it your New Year’s resolution: “Don’t make New Year’s resolutions because the guilt [you feel after] breaking them causes more harm than long-term good. Instead, commit to small life changes so they aren't so extreme and do not beat yourself up if you have a bad day or week.”
Flywheel trainer Lacey Stone suggests you start with indoor cycling classes for a full-body workout.
Lacey Stone, Flywheel DO start with indoor cycling classes and have a fitness buddy: “Start out with indoor cycling classes, [which] deliver a full-body workout that targets glutes, quads, hamstrings, and of course, the heart, giving the rider an intense cardio and fat-burning workout. [Also,] make friends in your workout classes. Surrounding yourself with fitness enthusiasts is great motivation and inspiration.”
DON’T get stuck in a workout rut and don’t make excuses: “Try new classes and do something different to see different results. It’s easy to say ‘I can’t’ because something is new or intimidating, but the beauty of a new year is that it’s a fresh start.” 8599 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-360-7200; 147 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles,â€¨323-446-2425
Ashley Borden recommends trying her rolling out method daily in 2014.
Ashley Borden, Fitness Factory DO roll out your entire body every day: “Myofascial release is a fantastic form of self-massage/trigger point therapy. Using a high-density foam roller, you control the pressure of the massage and it can be done anywhere. Since the majority of us sit daily, opening up your body with rolling out not only feels fantastic, but helps to keep you mobile, lean, and pain-free.”
DON’T spend unnecessary money to reach your goals: “I suggest investing in the following: new gym shoes that have been fitted for your correct foot type, three to five pairs of technical running socks (I like Feetures! and Thorlos), and a pair of tights, shorts, pants, or a combo of the three. Make sure they are also [made from] performance fabrics so they breathe well, feel light on your body, and prevent chaffing. Comfort and feeling good in your gear will always give you a positive edge during your training.” 650 N. La Peer Dr., West Hollywood, 310-358-1838
Celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson advises you to focus on one problem area at a time.
Gunnar Peterson DO make concrete goals: “Write [your fitness goals] in pen. If this is a ‘priority’ for you, then prioritize it. Sounds simple, but you have to live by it.”
DON’T aim to make a complete lifestyle change at once: “It’s like renovating a dilapidated house—go one room at a time. Fitness, diet, sleep, alcohol, or whatever has fallen apart, put together a plan to fix it. Execute [the plan] for 2-4 weeks then move on to the next ‘room.’ Knock them down one at a time and they will stay down.”