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8 Tips for Getting Fit

8 Tips for Getting Fit

How to keep your resolution to get fit and healthy.


Fall is in the air. Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah are behind us and a long and cold winter is at our doorstep. And now comes the challenge of living up to our New Year's resolutions.

We know what usually happens to them -- and taking care of our health is usually no different. Gym memberships soar at the beginning of the New Year, a couple of months later the drop out rate at gyms is astonishing. People who have purchased half-year and full-year memberships are no longer attending. The initial excitement slowly evaporates and we sink back into our mundane rut.

How can we make sure this year will be different?

The first step in this process is to concentrate on three main areas -- exercise, proper eating, and stress reduction. Exercise should consist of a balanced program of aerobics 4-5 times per week, resistance training 2-3 times per week and stretching on a daily basis. A good nutritious food plan must include vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins and just as importantly, portion control. Manage your stress levels with a combination of practical problem solving together with relaxation techniques. Your exercise routine is another key ingredient in reducing stress.

How can we make the necessary changes and keep our resolutions?

1) Make health a priority -- make time for getting healthy!

2) Get yourself a partner. Sometimes these are called diet buddies or exercise buddies. You need to be accountable to someone other than yourself. Find a friend. A spouse in not a good idea.

3) Work on your environment. Don't bring things into the home that aren't good for you or that you tend to eat a lot of, like salty or sugary snacks.

4) Keep your exercise gear handy. Keep it in a place that you just can slip into your clothes and shoes easily. Sometimes, it is just a matter of getting on the gear and you are ready to go!

5) Set goals for yourself -- not necessarily weight loss. See how long you can walk and how fast. Set weekly and monthly goals to increase your distance and your pace. Set a goal of a smaller dress size or pants size.

6) Reward yourself. What are you going to do for yourself when you reach your goals? Try to avoid food as a reward.

7) Give yourself credit! When you have done something that was difficult for you, when you are able to change a bad behavior, write it down and give yourself a much deserved pat on the back

8) Write it all down! Make an accounting of your health. Whether it is your food intake or your exercise, keep a log of everything. Make a diary and also write down your feelings at the end of the day or after an exercise session.

Now that the holidays are behind us and we have beseeched the Almighty to watch over our health, we need to do our part and make an effort to succeed – by eating right, exercise, reducing stress and keep praying!

October 11, 2009

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(4) Anonymous, October 16, 2009 6:54 PM

Att: Sharon

Hi, I don't think it's a good idea for your husband to be your buddy, because you will probably end up bugging each other, you never exercise, why do you think you look the way you do... G-d forbid, but you don't want to put yourself into a situation where this could easily happen. also, my sister and her beset friend specifically wanted to be in the same apartment, but not room-why? because they already had their relationship formed, and they didnt want to ruin it by being together all the time- they didnt want to put temselves in a situation where they might argue, or do things a little differently in a specific area (losing weight in your case). I would suggest doing it with a female friend, who can just help you along, encourage, etc...and you do the same for her! Hatzlacha Rabbah, May G-d bless you with much success for all your efforts. Shabbat Shalom, have a wonderful shabbos! :)

(3) Anonymous, October 14, 2009 3:35 PM


No reason your husband can't be your "buddy"- in fact it can be great- just keep two things in mind- your husband will lose weight faster than you, may need more food than you do, and if you walk/run together, you may be too slow for him. My husband is 9 inches taller than me, and when he walks fast enough for fitness benefits, I would be running. Good luck!!

(2) Sharon, October 13, 2009 9:24 PM

Why not the spouse as the diet buddy

My husband wants to know why he can't be my diet buddy. We both want to diet and get in shape. Can someone please explain why this is not a good idea.

Anonymous, June 14, 2012 11:16 PM


Ideally u and ur husband want to be looking at e/o as beautiful as u r, supportive of e/o's strengths and weaknesses. U and ur exercise buddy are there to push e/o and be a little more critical, not a great dynamic for a marriage. Good luck.

(1) Debora, October 13, 2009 3:44 PM

Good Advice

Exercising is for some people simply dull, so they have to work on their motivation; You want more energy? You want to look better? You know the drill then :) It's rewarding.

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