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[Tony Horton Laws of Fitness] List of Eleven Laws of Lifetime Fitness

Posted Sep 23 2009 12:00am

A few weeks ago, I finished a series of blog posts of Tony Horton called, 11 Laws for a Lifetime of Fitness. I figured that I should put a list of them together for reference in one place…so, here it is! :)

1.) Variety
Variety is the spice of life and fitness. A lifetime of health and fitness is
achievable when you can think outside the box. You have to mix it up
all the time. Stay curious, creative, and stick with the kinds of
workouts that you enjoy. A variety of exercises, workouts, and sports
will allow you to avoid injuries, plateaus, and boredom.
2.) Consistency
Improvement and change occur when you do things often. Stopping and starting all
the time will kill any momentum you need to succeed. You must find ways
to stay in the game. Moderate forms of exercise, done consistently,
provide far better results than the occasional full-body pummeling. A
lifestyle that includes multiple forms of exercise five to six days a
week guarantees results.

3.) Intensity
YOU’RE TOUGHER THAN YOU THINK. The fear of pain or injury from working out is
a mindset steeped in failure. You must learn to “Find the Line.” Do the
extra rep or two, increase your range of motion, and increase
resistance as you get stronger. Intensity goes hand in hand with
Variety and Consistency. The combination of the three work together as
a triad that creates a platform for success. The programs provide
variety. Your plan will keep you consistent.

4.) Purpose
Your purpose is to have a better life. Exercise and eating right help you
feel better. When you feel better, you do more. When you do more, you
meet other people. A healthy lifestyle gives us the energy to be better
than before. We want to participate, share, communicate, and build a
community have purpose in our lives. If you had never found ,
you might be right back where you were isolated, with nothing to share,
no purpose, because you weren’t doing anything with anyone.

5.) Reality
Why do we want life to be different than it is? Why do we think about who
we were and who we’re going to be more than who we are? We certainly
talk a good game about who we are now. Why do we try to predict the
future with the hope that wishful thinking is enough to change it? Life
is NOT the way it was. It’s the way it is. Life is not our fantasy
predictions of the future or our glory days of the past. Life is that
thing that is happening to you as you read this. We fall into the trap
of living in the past and future because right here is not good enough.
Back then and up there are keeping you from right now.

6.) Sports
Take the onus off of weight, inches, and body fat percentages and put the
focus on MOVING – from dancing, rock climbing, and mountain biking to
table tennis. I love that ping-pong! Think in terms of “can do” instead
of “look like.” Sports are fun and help develop balance and
coordination which in turn accelerates your results. Jump, kick, run,
spin, throw, skate, shoot, hit, score, compete . . . PLAY!

7.) The Plan
SCHEDULE ALL WORKOUTS IN ADVANCE. This creates accountability. Plan an entire
month ahead of time. Try to schedule as many workouts as possible with
friends who have similar goals. WOWY was developed so that we could
find an easy and effective way to stay accountable and work out
together. Now we’ve got people in Trumbull, CT (my hometown), doing
at the same time with people in Hollywood. That is cool!

8.) Sleep (and stress)
Stressed out, sleep-deprived people don’t eat right and exercise regularly.
Stress depletes energy, strength, and desire, while poor sleep habits
affect your moods and immune function along with cognitive and motor
performance. Burning the candle at both ends makes it impossible to be
fit and healthy.

9.) Loving It
Exercise and workouts involve commitment, determination, planning, consistency,
and intensity. If you don’t like what you’re doing, there’s no way on
earth you’ll succeed. Enthusiasm is a very big piece of the puzzle. Get
creative and stay curious. If you enjoy doing Power 90 exclusively and
it works for you, then keep doing it until it doesn’t. If you get part
way through P90X and it’s not your cup of tea, then stop, and do
something else. Something’s got to bring you back day after day, week
after week. Love it (tolerate it) or leave it.

10.) Flexibility
Flexibility is the fountain of youth. Flexible people are much less prone to
injury. Yoga and stretching allow you to bring more intensity to your
workouts. Flexibility is the key component to becoming less vulnerable
and more durable. Aging has a funny way of making everything we do
harder. Staying limber and flexible is the way to prevent that from
happening.

11.) Food and Supplements
You are what you eat! Food and supplements are your fuel. The right fuel
supplies proper energy and recovery through balanced brain chemistry.
The right supplements simply fill in gaps in your diet.

Pass it on! :) Decide…Commit…Succeed!

 

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