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15 Former Couch Potatoes Share Best Tips For Getting In Shape

By Maire,

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15 Former Couch Potatoes Share Their Best Tips For Getting In Shape –  – BuzzFeed

So you want to eat healthier and get in shape? That’s great! Learn from some people who’ve definitely been there.

Getting into shape and living a healthier lifestyle can be seriously daunting.

That’s why BuzzFeed Life reached out to people who’ve been there to ask them to share their advice. For one guy, that meant learning a way to trick himself into using the spin bike more often. For another woman, that meant transforming her eating and fitness habits, losing over 150 pounds, and getting her diabetes and blood pressure under control.

Whether you’re looking to make a big change in your life or a few small ones, you can probably use some of the tips these former couch potatoes shared. And if you’ve made a healthy living change in your own life, share it with everyone in the comments!

1. Make it easy for yourself to workout in the mornings.

“I never exercised. Very rarely. I knew I needed to because I needed the outlet for stress, and I wasn’t sleeping well. But I also didn’t want to exercise after work, because I’d always want to go out with friends, or come home and relax and just watch TV. So I knew I needed to try morning exercises if I was going to fit it into my day.

Here’s how I do it: When I get home from work I lay out my exercise clothes. I fill a bottle of water and put it in the fridge. I pack the outfit I’m going to wear to work the next day. I pack everything — makeup, shoes, outfit — have it all ready to go, and then set my alarm for the next morning. I do everything I need to do before I start to unwind. This forces me to just get up and do it, and not have to take the time to find everything or make excuses for why I can’t.”
—Cat Fuentes, 28

2. Master the art of portion control.

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“It hasn’t happened overnight, but in the past seven years or so I’ve lost over 70 pounds. I’m about to run in the New York City Marathon on Sunday — it’ll be my second marathon. Back 70 pounds ago, I never could’ve dreamed that.

Tricks for myself, in terms of weight loss: Portion control is huge when you’re trying to lose weight. I’ve never been someone who wants to cut something out completely, so I had to figure out a way to allow myself little indulgences. I still go to restaurants, but now I’m all about tapas-style dining, which allows me to try a little of everything. It’s something I’ve gotten myself into that allows me to eat better without sacrificing my lifestyle.

Another tip: I snack throughout the day to keep up my energy, so I keep healthy things by my desk. My trick is making sure the snacks are in reasonable portion sizes, so I’m not just mindlessly munching on them all day.”
—Emily Abbate, 26

Emily Abbate is an editor at Fitbie, where she writes about health and fitness. She’s also been actively training for the 2014 New York City Marathon, and has beendocumenting her progress in a video series on Fitbie.

3. Get enough sleep.

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“I had a breast reduction a couple months after I graduated high school, and then moved to Chicago to start college. Once I was out on my own, I had to learn to cook, which is typically healthier than dining out. And because of my class schedule, I had a lot of time on my hands to workout. Now that I no longer had HUGE BOOBS, working out was easier/more fun.

My number one tip for living healthier is to get enough sleep every night. You cannot eat healthy or stay motivated if you’re really tired. Sleep is legitimately the basis of all my healthy decisions. I just set a bedtime and stuck to it. Also, setting the alarm on your phone is really good for creating a new bedtime routine. Like if you need to be in bed sleeping at 11 p.m., set an alarm for 10:15 to remind you to like… stop checking Facebook and go wash your face. And sort of related: Unplug before bed. I put my phone in airplane mode to sleep better.”
—Rachel Miller, 29

4. Don’t aim for perfection.

“In 2007 I lost about 80 pounds, and then in 2012 gained most of it back. I wanted to get back in shape, so I decided to try running every day. And I was maybe running half a mile, maybe a mile at the most — I wasn’t good at it. I gave up about three times, saying, “It’s not working out, I’m not good at it,” and just went back to doing nothing.

I had a friend who lost 100 pounds running. And she helped to hold me accountable to get in shape. She would send me texts and Facebook messages saying, “You don’t have to be good at working out, you just have to do it.” That became my motto. Every time I didn’t want to get up: “You don’t have to be good at working out, you just have to do it.” So I started running every day.

I run probably three times a week now, I go to a simulated surfboard class three to four times a week, and I swim three to four times a week. And I’m so happy I do — I feel great.”
—Laura Prescott, 30

5. Find a workout you love — that way it doesn’t feel like a chore, and it’s something you’re excited to do.

“I was never active or in shape… at all. I had years of failed attempts at fitness that mostly included running on the treadmill and failing at the gym. After a doctor ordered me to quit drinking, I needed an outlet to keep me sober. I looked into hip-hop dancing but felt out of place and hated it.

I used to pass a Krav Maga school every day on the way to work. One day, I stopped in for a trial class and signed up for membership that day. Feeling empowered and excited, I went four times a week. I was hooked. Not long after I started, they invited me to join the instructor program. After weeks of grueling training, I completed it — an accomplishment my 220 pounds, 20-year-old self would never have imagined.”
—Ben Ronne, 34

6. Try to do some form of exercise for 30 minutes (or three miles) every day.

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“I suffer from body dysmorphia, and consequently I really abused my body like crazy. Whether it was overeating, eating the wrong things, or eating to stuff my emotions down. I was also drinking a lot. Those habits didn’t go away when I became a trainer, and I felt like a humongous hypocrite. As time went on, I realized that I had a responsibility to my clients to walk the walk and talk the talk. I needed to make changes.

My big tip is consistency is key to getting in shape. The rule I set for myself (and that I set for my clients) is Thirty by Three: 30 minutes a day of some sort of exercise, whether that’s walking for 30 minutes, or five exercises that last about five minutes each with some breaks in between. OR you do three miles of something — three miles on a treadmill, elliptical, hiking. Sometimes an hour feels like just way too much, but 30 minutes always feels attainable.

For the past eight years, since I began focusing on my health, I’ve remained consistent — my body has stayed the same weight, I’m healthy, I’m a normal weight, I’m fit, and I’ve maintained it, and that’s what matters to me.”
—Kit Rich, 31

Kit Rich, an NASM certified personal trainer, is a Los Angeles-based celebrity pilates trainer. She’s been featured in Vogue, SHAPE, SELF, Women’s Health, Real Simple, US Weekly, and Pilates Style. She’s also made appearances on Access Hollywood, Access Hollywood LIVE!, E! News, E!Online, EXTRA, and The Today Show. She blogs regularly for Beautylish.com.

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Fit Radio DJ Spotlight: Treblemonsters

By Maire,

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Our team had a chance to catch up with Fit Radio‘s, Treblemonsters last week. This is what they had to say:

 

Q: Of all your pet-peeves, which is the strangest?

A: Wasteful people. I.e. the ones at the gym that use about 4 towels per person or run through half of a paper towel roll to wipe something small down.

 

Q: What is your favorite animal? Why?

A: Cats. They are clean and do not need much attention. (Like everything else in this world.) Also, most cats have a spontaneous/random/energetic, but innocent personality.

 

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A: FIJI

 

Q: What would you do with one million dollars?

A: First, I would just cash it and pile it in my living room to stare at it for a small period of time. Then, invest most of it.

 

Q: Would you rather have money or love? Why?

A: LOVE. Because if we were able to materialize LOVE, than it would be worth much more than MONEY.

 

Q: Are you a good dancer?

A: Rusty now, but yes. I used to break-dance back in the day.

 

Q: What is the best feature about Fit Radio for our users?

A: It’s a mobile app. Anyone can access at anytime and anywhere.

 

Q: What are the perks being a Fit Radio DJ?

A: Other than a good resume builder and exposure, it challenges me as a DJ to come up with new and creative ways to supply high energy mixes in different genres. It steers me away from the generic and overplayed songs.

 

Learn more about Treblemonsters and listen to their latest Fit Radio mixes here.

Workout Tip: Fitness Experts Weigh In On Sports Drinks and Hydration

By Maire,

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Do I Need Sports Drinks?

By Jen A. Miller
Author, “Running: A Love Story”

Do you need a fitness drink when you run? Or is water good enough? To answer these questions, Anahad O’Connor, a NY Times Well reporter, spoke with a few experts on the need for hydration during exercise. Here’s what he learned:

If you’re running for less than an hour, then water is just fine. But for longer sessions – or a marathon – you should consume some kind of carbohydrate-based sports drink, says Dr. Jordan Metzl, a marathoner, endurance athlete and sports medicine doctor at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

“After an hour you start depleting muscle glycogen stores to the point where it becomes difficult to keep the level of energy expenditure,” he says.

That being said, you should also be careful not to overdo it on sports drinks. A little goes a long way.

“If you just drink sports drinks, you’ll be taking in a lot of sugar and your stomach won’t be able to handle it, said Dr. Laura Goldberg, a sports medicine expert from The Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Metzl said he prefers sports drinks with higher levels of sodium because they help to prevent muscle cramping, especially on hot and humid days. His go-to in that category is “Gatorade Endurance,” which has double the sodium (300 milligrams) and triple the potassium (140 milligrams) of original Gatorade. “I’m increasingly a fan of the double-sodium sports drinks,” Dr. Metzl said.

Be sure to stay hydrated on your runs this week. And there is some good news you should keep in mind as you head out for a run this month – training in the heat will help you perform better once it’s cooler.

Don’t forget to check out our top tips to stay cool during your Summer workout too.

Recap: Night Nation Run Toronto with DJ Scuffs

By Maire,

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Last week Fit Radio DJ, DJ Scuffs took the Fit Radio stage at Night Nation Run in Toronto – The World’s first-ever Running Music Festival.

 

We had a chance to catch up with DJ Scuffs after the event and here is what he had to say:

Q: What was the Night Nation Run event like?

A: It was a super dope event. So much energy from start to finish. Essentially, it’s a big music festival with a 5K race course going through it. There are multiple sounds and DJs playing all day and through the night with some DJs actually positioned on the course to help keep you pumped and moving all the way to the main stage.

 

Q: Fill in the blank: DJing at Night Nation Run Toronto was _______.

A: An amazing experience, a cool concept, and one of the best events I’ve ever played at and been a part of.

 

Q: When you create a Fit Radio mix, what do you always make sure to do?

A: I always make sure it’s a perfect combination of style, fun, energy, and it keeps you wanting more.

 

Learn more about Night Nation Run and find upcoming runs near you hereFit Radio users get an exclusive $25 admission price (60% off the regular ticket pricing) using the coupon code FITRADIO at checkout for ALL RACES! Click here to find a Night Nation Run near you!

A Blog Post From One of Our Favorite FitFluential Trainers, Bonnie!

By superadmin,

Finding Motivation & FitRadio Love

February 29, 2012 in FitnessMotivationShout OutTrainingTRX | Tags: , | by 

Some scenarios for you on this “bonus” Leap Day:

I. The kids are at school after breakfasts were gobbled up and packed lunches were handed out. Your husband left for work after a quick kiss and a slap on the bum (just me?). There’s laundry to be done, dinner to think about, a friend to meet for coffee and miscellaneous errands to run. How do you get motivated and find the time to squeeze some exercise in during your day?

II. The day is dragging on. You’re feeling unmotivated and your energy is lacking as the afternoon slump rolls around at the office. Heading home to the couch sounds so much better than stopping off at the gym on your way home after such a long day. So how do you get yourself pumped up to move your body?

Motivation. We all need it to make changes in our lives and we all lose it from time to time. Many of us are intrinsically motivated while others need something external to get them going. I love movement so much that for me it’s less the issue of time and more about what and when (by the way, if you’re struggling with the what and the how, check out Tina’s post today about creating a workout planfor yourself! Great tips). But one of the reasons I’m in business as an in-home personal trainer is because many people have a hard time getting motivated; if I promise to show up at their door it’s a lot harder for them to skip a workout! ;)

Maybe you need a friend – a gym buddy, a spouse to get on board, someone to email back and forth for accountability. Perhaps you get fired up by reading books about ultra runners and all of a sudden your planned 5 mile run doesn’t seem so unattainable, or the fitness blogs you read inspire you to move and make better choices nutrition-wise.

While I move pretty easily most days, there are certainly times when my own personal motivation wanes and I’m left feeling like a kick in the pants to get moving. It’s in these times when I find myself turning to music as a great motivating tool to get me moving (most of you are nodding your heads in agreement, no strangers to moving music are you!).

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My iPod’s been broken for ages so I got used to not using music to get me going, and while I’ve used Grooveshark in the past for music in general, I couldn’t put good playlists together myself of motivating music. I’ve missed Pandora because it’s blocked in Canada and couldn’t find something with good dance beats. All of that changed, however, when I discovered FitRadio. This is a site that you can load on your computer OR take with you on the go (iPhone and Android phones) and is there to get.you.moving! I love that. :D

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You can create your own list of favorites or simply utilize the different stations they offer. My personal favorites? The FitFluential station, Top 40, and Indie Dance stations. You can also listen to music based on the DJ behind the tunes if you find a particular mix of music you like. Check out their blog for updates, articles on the different FitRadio DJs, and on FItRadio news.

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The GymBoss makes an appearance attached to the left top of my tank. Another great motivating tool I keep in my arsenal!

You can imagine my excitement, after using FitRadio for some time, upon receiving a great piece of mail from Lexi at FitRadio this week! I proudly sported this FitRadio racerback tank (my favorite style of workout tops!) for my own workout and to train clients in, spreading the word about this great motivational tool! I even wore it to my women’s Bible study at church too among the turtle necks and cute sweaters around the tables. ;)

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I love the logo down the center of the back and the sponsors positioned at the bottom of the tank. It’s cute, comfy, and fun to sport…So thanks a ton to FitRadiofor the cute shirt – I’ll keep rockin’ the station as I  need the motivation to move!

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My workout planner for clients, now graced with more than just my favorite TRXsticker! ;)

Are you internally motivated? If not, do you crank music to help get you moving? Ever tried FitRadio? Try it out and let me know what you think as a workout motivational tool!

Have a great workout Wednesday; work it out and be fit and inspired today! Use this “extra” day to do something great for yourself – move more, eat well, laugh a little and love deeply. Live well & be well friends,

Bonnie

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Read more posts by Bonnie at http://bonnielangfitness.com

Thank you Bonnie!! We <3 You!!!!!!!  We just added a TON of new mixes to the FitFluential Station. Enjoy!

-The FIT Radio Team

Sunday = The Day of Rest. We can prove it!

By superadmin,

So, it looks like Sunday really is the Day of Rest. Here at FIT Radio, we have access to analytics that show us how much activity the FIT Radio app is getting each day. It’s crazy to see that consistently every single Sunday the activity level drops.

This leads me to wonder, what is everyone doing on Sunday? And, if it’s “Sunday-Funday”, why aren’t you jamming out to FIT Radio? 😉 On a side note: The growth of FIT Radio is rising exponentially. THANK YOU to all of our users! We haven’t even started marketing yet, so this really is all from you.

Need some extra motivation for your Sunday workout? Check out some of our FAVORITE blogs:

  • If you don’t feel like going to the gym, this is a perfect blog to help get you out and about!
    Life to the Full
  • If photos are really what motivate you, try this one (Kelly always has awesome photos):
    Kelly Olexa
  • Do you love setting goals? Then try this one: Resonant Health
  • Are you just not into reading and would rather watch vlogs? Then try this one: Tone It Up
  • Want to learn how to use kettlebells? Try @Kbombshell
  • Find more incredible fitness bloggers at FitFluential

I would suggest Bookmarking all of these blogs; it’s always great to have a few go-tos!

Make Your New Year's Resolution Goals a Reality

By superadmin,

Watch this video for a little added motivation! #AmpYourNewYear

Hey gang, not sure if you know what some of my responsibilities entail at the FIT Radio office but a lot of it deals with tweeting about interesting fitness, music, and technology related articles. Since I have worked with FIT, you can imagine the amount of articles I read daily. This week I am reading up on, you guessed it, New Years Resolution articles! I found that there are so many out there that talk about weight-loss, or health, or even just self improvement. I picked my top three that touch on all of these topics:

It’s the cruelest of weight-loss conundrums: The closer you get to your ideal weight, the tougher it is to reach it, says L.A.-based celebrity trainer Holly Perkins. More

Getting Ready for Your Night on the Town: A NYE To Never Forget

By superadmin,

Carolyn Seaman, Social Media

This post is for the ladies! (sorry boys)

Being that we work in the Music, Nightclub, and Fitness industry, New Years Eve is a HUGE DEAL to all of us here at FIT Radio. As you can imagine, this week has been extremely busy for all of us. We’ve been running around trying to get ready for DJ sets, the new release of our website, seeing our families for the holidays, and every other imaginable task that continually transpires. However, like I said, NYE is a big deal, so we had to make a blog post about it. GETTING READY FOR YOUR NIGHT ON THE TOWN: A NYE TO NEVER FORGET

I am going to break this down into topics that every standard NYE prep itinerary should cover. 🙂

 

Tame that Holiday Weight Gain!
Do you find yourself wondering, “wtf was I thinking eating all that fattening food on Christmas?? How am I going to fit into my NYE dress?!” SarahFit (a popular FitFluential Ambassador)’s Guide to losing 5 lbs by the weekend!  Watch: Sarah’s Video Guide

“I have absolutely nothing to wear!”
I know I spent a bit more than I would have liked this year on gifts and my NYE dress budget is super limited. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look absolutely amazing! Check out affordable *designer* NYE dresses at Rent the Runway!! “It’s couture without the cost” Time not on your side to wait for a delivery? No problem! Stylish, fun dresses for a girl on a budget can be found at most any mall… Peruse Forever 21’s site to get an idea of what you’ll be looking for in the stores.

REMEMBER to listen to FIT Radio while you get ready for some extra INSPIRATION! 🙂 I would suggest anything by DJ Vice and DJ Scene!

What are the latest and greatest trends that people are rocking this NYE?
Lauren Conrad and her style guru team have a great site to inspire! Take heed with The Beauty Department’s never ending style ideas from makeup and hair tutorials to accessories and nail polish designs!  *Also, nothing says festive like shimmering metallic make-up! Check out theses 5 gorgeous, glistening holiday makeup looks on Glamour!
*Here’s a tip* START EARLY Take the time to pamper yourself and practice new make-up ideas and/or hairstyles before NYE day/night. Practice makes perfect, and you don’t want to be late for the countdown and perfecting that smokey eye takes a little time! And while we’re on the topic of makeup, be sure to brush up on the Do’s and Don’ts of Glitter. More