Teeple's Top 10 for Fitness
01 DO IT DAILY. I don't care if you just go for a walk, don't let the sun go down on a day that you haven't exercised. We are creatures of habit, so don't give yourself an out. No excuses - set the alarm.
02 DITCH THE STRETCH. Think stretching before exercise is important? WRONG. Replace it with a good warm up like 10 minutes on the spin bike or treadmill.
03 LIFT IT. Weight lifting is a proven way to naturally boost your T-level. Divide the weekly workouts into upper and lower body sessions.
04 CORE IS KEY. What connects your upper body to lower body and protects your lower back? The all important CORE. Don't neglect these stabilizers.
05 CARDIO 101. If you are just getting started or you are a seasoned athlete, you know you can't burn fat without doing cardio at least 3-4 days a week. Spread it out and try new things: some of the best calorie burners? Running, spin class, elliptical machine at gym (put on good resistance), or take it outside on a mountain bike.
06 TRY THE TRI. My favorite thing about competing in sprint triathlons (swim-bike-run) is seeing every age out there on the course. Go for it. It gets the testosterone flowing and is a great way to avoid injury by not focusing on only one sport.
07 GO SLOW. Let's face it, we all have fat we need to burn - but it might surprise you that lower intensity burns fat. So stop torturing yourself at the gym and consider lowering your pace on the treadmill - keep your heart in the "fat burning target zone." Basically, be able to carry on a conversation while doing your cardio.
08 BE BALANCED. This is going to seem obvious, but developing a well-balanced body is essential to fitness. Do this by keeping upper and lower body strength equal. Don't spend all day buffing out your biceps and neglect your hamstrings.
09 DON'T BE AFRAID. I do a stretching video for one of my recovery days and I am convinced that it is key to injury prevention. It looks silly, but who cares. Try Yoga or Pilates - you'll be amazed at the benefits of learning how to breathe - and by the way - it is HARD.
10 EXERCISE SMARTER. Trust me, I have a job and a family - I get it - we are all pressed for time. So try HIT (High-Intensity-Interval-Training).