Article from Sarasota Herald Tribune - October 2012
Beth's Recommendations to Weight Loss & Fitness
Article by Beth Golden, AFAA Licensed Fitness Professional and Licensed Zumba® Instructor
Always a work in progress but here are some tips I have gained from my learning experiences both good and bad:
1) Don't compare your body to others in class or the instructor.
This is a confidence killer. Don't get defeated by focusing on this.
2) Look at exercise as a pleasure and a privilege.
Haven't there been so many times in your life you had no time to exercise while raising a family or building your career? If you are making the time now, look at it as a luxury. I know I do.
3) Make it your goal to do some form of exercise 5-6 days a week.
This can include low impact exercise such as a walk or a swim. We live in Florida so take advantage of the beauty!
4) Work to take your exercise to new levels of intensity
. No explanation needed!
5) Decide how you are going to exercise the day before
. Check this website for the Zumba® class schedule, decide if you are coming to class, if not plan on fitting something else in. It's similar to eating healthy, you have to plan it!
6) Focus on short term fitness goals
- those infomercials where people lose 60 pounds in 60 days are always fixed. My children and I have been in the modeling industry and believe me these commercials are set up. Just as there are tryouts for so called "reality" shows, these infomercials are the same. If you watch close you will see the disclaimer flash by you on the screen. Advertising claims are very loosely regulated. Plan on losing weight somewhat slowly, just how you gained it. Over time and you will keep it off!
7) Watch out for advertised and claimed "healthy foods"
. I have met so many well meaning people who will argue with me how wine and dark chocolate are needed and healthy for you. Sure a little bit won't hurt you, but 2 glasses of wine and you are getting the same calories as a Krispie Kreme donut. Wine and chocolate are not a daily healthy indulgence. Hey I love chocolate too, but I know how much I have to exercise the remove the calories gained from an indulgent dessert. Again, the food and beverage industry has big bucks as well as FDA people in their pocket, don't expect them to tell you the truth.
8) Eliminate "diet drinks" from your day.
Look around at obese people you know who drink diet colas all day long. It's not helping them. Many experts in the field now feel that the chemicals in these drinks can actually preserve fat cells. Water, water with lemon, water with lime, teas - try to switch to these drinks as much as possible. If any food or beverage has more chemicals on the label than you can pronounce, don't do it. Again, don't think our government is sitting there protecting your health. They are being paid by big businesses to get their products to market.
9) Start buying so much fresh food you actually have to cook.
Ditch the preservatives. You'll feel better.
10) Check out the PETA website
. Guaranteed you will eat less meat. The more you read about packinghouses, the less red meat you will eat. I love Linda McCartney's quote, something like: If packinghouses had windows, no one would eat meat again. By the way you will also be helping the planet by less meat consumption. Win, win!