1.  TRY SOMETHING NEW.

Doing the same workout routine time and time again often leads to boredom and a plateau in weight loss.There are countless ways to workout - - make it a point to try something new at least once a month.This could mean taking a new class, trying a new exercise video, or trying out a new hobby like skating or biking.

2.  EAT CLEAN  (but don’t deprive yourself)

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Make the bulk of your diet fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. Eat healthy fats like nuts, avocado, and salmon. Drink lots of water. Minimize processed foods and empty calories like candy and soda.  When you eat food that nourishes your body you will feel and see a difference.   Allow yourself an occasional “treat.”  You won’t feel guilty if you know you are eating well 90% of the time.

3.  BUILD MUSCLE

Cardio is great, but the more muscle you have the more fat you will burn.  Make sure that you include strength training in your workout at least 3 times a week.  This can mean lifting weights, but it is not limited to that.  There are plenty of body-weight exercises (such as push-ups and squats) that can build muscle, as well.

4.  KEEP IT FUN!

Forcing yourself to do something that you hate will never last. Working out should not be easy, but it should be enjoyable.  If you hate your workout, go back to tip #1 and find something that is challenging, but makes you feel amazing.

5.  MAKE FITNESS A PRIORITY

All of us can come up with a list of excuses for why we can’t exercise.  Challenge yourself to face the obstacles in your way and find solutions to make it work for you.  If you truly prioritize fitness, you WILL find a way to get it done…and you will be so glad you did!

Lauryn Shapiro is a certified personal trainer and can be contacted at lauryn@iluvfitness.com https://www.facebook.com/ILuvFitnessbyLauryn www.iluvfitness.com