With spring just on the horizon, I am sure that the thought of getting into those summer clothes has been weighing heavily on your mind, just like it has been on mine 🙂 My favorite girl Amy Poehler had this to say in the March issue of Ladies Home Journal when she described her version of the perfect exercise class.
Personal trainers are people who yell at you to keep pushing. I’m like, “No, you keep pushing!” My idea of the perfect exercise class is this: The teacher gives us all a hug and goes, “You did it! You showed up! Let’s lie down.” We all lie down and she’s like, “How is everybody feeling?” We’re like, “Great!” And the teacher’s like, “Great!” Then we all get to leave 20 minutes early.
While Amy certainly keeps us smiling, her idea of exercise isn’t going to make us look very good in our summer clothes. So I decided to look for some expert tips on how to incorporate exercise and healthy eating into our busy schedules. I turned the tables on Liz Bonis, medical reporter for Local 12, nutritionist and personal trainer. Liz graciously agreed to share her advice with us here!!!!
On getting motivated to exercise
I am embarrassed to tell you that I really only exercise because without it, I am a little piglet. I know it’s good for me.. but that’s not enough motivation.. so I started just making myself get up..and getting in five to ten minutes on the treadmill before the day started. If you don’t do it first, you will be too tired later. It is still just a decision every day… and a hard one. There’s no secret. To quote Bobby Knight, “discipline is just knowing what you need to do, and doing it every day”. So now I do at least a ten k, every day, on the treadmill ..sometimes at 2 or 3 am before work…and it never gets easy…and I don’t really like it. I just like the way I feel after I do it!
On fitting exercise into a busy schedule and maintaining motivation
The most helpful thing I learned, was that the reasons you can’t exercise, are not really important. If it’s not the priority, I(you) will do everything else and never get to it. So I look at it that if all the social things come first.. I don’t have those to do if I am not healthy… and being healthy allows me to do all that other stuff… such as work, and eat out, and be active and have energy… it’s not all that stuff first, and exercise second…
Liz’s tips for healthy eating
I don’t have any forbidden foods, there are no good or bad foods, there are good and bad quantities of foods.. I can’t diet..but I can eat less of what I want…some days… I don’t own a scale and choose not to assign “good” or “bad” to any foods. I do however try to eat a plant-based diet for health reasons…meaning…I try to make most of the plate fruits and veggies..less meat, cheese, fried food etc… I also eat six times a day.. at least.. or if I wait too long.. I will pig out …
What I love about Liz is she is just like that rest of us…and what I like most about her advice is how approachable she makes it all. Surely if she can get up at 2:00-3:00 in the morning to exercise, then it really is doable for even the busiest of schedules. Breaking it down into 10 minute chunks also makes exercising seem like a realistic goal. After all, It does make us feel good!!!! I like too that there are no “bad” foods in her book. I would really hate to feel deprived of anything….and science has shown that 5-6 small meals a day are better than 3 big ones.
Looks like I am getting back on the exercise bandwagon. I can’t wait to begin taking my morning walks with my friends Clair and Hazel. How about you? Tell us about your exercise routine or how you plan to eat better…
Thanks to Liz Bonis for sharing your great advice!! It was wonderful getting to know you better 🙂