Fitness Friday: Alison Sweeney’s Top 5 Tips for a Body Makeover

Who watches the Biggest Loser and wants a body makeover? Alison Sweeney is more than just the host of The Biggest Loser—she lives the show’s healthy lifestyle. Alison Sweeney built an exclusive 30-day plan for Health magazine featuring her favorite tips, moves, and recipes, including lessons she’s learned from celebrity trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels. Here are Alison’s top 5 tips for a body makeover:

1. Scrap all unrealistic expectations.

“I’m not a fan of having a supermodel on your refrigerator…Nobody is going to all of a sudden, at 40, look like an 18-year-old model. Set your goals to positive things. Instead of thinking, ‘I need to work out because I want to lose weight,” I’m thinking, ‘I have to run a 26.2-mile race, so I have to run. Today. Now.’”

2. Don’t put off what you can do today.

“When I do one thing that’s good, I immediately start to feel better. I don’t wait for Monday. I don’t wait for a holiday. I don’t wait for my birthday. I don’t wait for January 1. I start right now.”

3. Make Alison’s chopped salad for dinner.

“A friend of mine brought over a vegetable salad that was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Just cut up cooked broccoli, asparagus, green beans, raw carrots, and roasted corn into neat little chopped bits and add cilantro and avocado, then toss it. The fat from the avocado and a little bit of salt – that’s the dressing. It’s so good and so refreshing!”

4. If you crave sugar tonight, go to bed early.

“One thing I learned from Jillian [Michaels] is that when you’re tired, you crave sugar because your brain needs sugar to sustain itself. So when you’re tired, one of the first symptoms is that you’ll look for something sugary to eat because you’re trying to stay awake. So think of it that way, instead of, ‘Oh, I’m so weak-willed.’ It’s not that. Close your eyes! You need rest.”

5. Put out your sneakers tonight to taunt you tomorrow.

“If my sneakers are out, they’re like, ‘Pick me, pick me!’”

For the full plan, please visit Health Magazine 

Fitness Friday: 17 Marathon Running Motivation Tips

Hannah Pate is a 5th grade teacher and spin instructor in Birmingham, Alabama. She is currently training for her first Ironman triathlon. She is a huge fan of any type of exercise, but she says, “I really like to mix things up and try new things, and I have a strong passion for swimming, biking, running and yoga.” She recently sent the following advice to a friend the week before her first marathon. This advice is great for any of you training for your first race, marathon or workout event. Thank you Hannah!

1. This is YOUR week!

2. Rest!

3. Recover!

4. Get pumped!

5. Go in with the right attitude.

6. Go into it with a plan… a goal without a plan is merely a wish.

7. Be ready to tackle some serious mental hurdles.

8. You will dominate!  You have worked so hard. You have put in the training time. Your body can handle it. Your body is ready for it.
Get your mind ready.

9. Prepare to cross a threshold that you have never ever crossed.

10. Be prepared to coach yourself through it. Write down some mantras to say to yourself when you are at a low point. It will help.

11. Think of the people that are praying for you; the people that want to see you succeed.

12. Think about the people that helped you get to this point.

13. Think about all of the effort that you have put in and the time that you have committed getting you there.

14. Think about how strong you are and how this is JUST A DROP IN THE BUCKET.

15. Have no regrets.

16.Think about how you will feel at the finish line.  Think about how proud you will be of yourself.  It’s A HUGE accomplishment, and you will feel like a million bucks when it’s over.

17. No one ever finishes a marathon easily.  It’s hard for everyone– from novices to elites.  You will be a stronger person when it’s over.  You are about to complete your first marathon!

Fitness Friday: Bob Harper’s Top 5 Fitness Tips

Bob Harper is America’s #1 TV weight-loss authority and fitness expert from NBC’s The Biggest Loser. You can also find him here on twitter, and he is the creator of Smart Success. Here are his top five weight-loss and fitness tips:

1. Protein is important for building muscle and repair. It is essential to get at least half of your body weight of protein in grams. For example if you way 180 pounds, you must get 90 grams of protein.

2. When traveling, stick to your workout regiment; sneak out to your hotel gym, and get a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio a day. Pack a jump rope-it doesn’t take up much space. Grab a hotel bath towel, and create a short circuit, or just run around the surrounding area of your hotel to keep your body trim and in its normal fitness routine

3. Your warm up sets the mood for your entire workout. Choose something that gives you a dynamic and strong start. An example is standing kicks. They are excellent for getting the blood pumping.

4. When building better abs (or any muscle), work them out 2 to 3 times a week. Not everyday.

5. For an overall body workout, you can keep it simple and stick to push ups. You will see great results.

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