I asked personal trainer, Rick Stype what he felt the three keys to becoming healthier and happier in the New Year were. Here’s his response…

1) The first part of the equation is attitude and commitment. People need to stop using words and phrases such as, “I can’t”. They need to take responsibility for their actions and be accountable and committed to the cause. Further elucidation can be found here:
2) The next area that I see as one of the biggest mistakes people constantly make has to do with focus. When people focus on the wrong things, such as weight (the biggest mistake), body fat %, dress or pant size, waist measurement, etc. People that focus on these things are doomed to failure. As an Independent Team Beachbody Coach, I see it all the time – dozens of times per week. The primary focus should be on Fitness First!!! When people focus on their fitness, and commit to working out 5-6 day per week (6 preferred), everything else will fall into place. Simply working out is not enough though. The workout needs to be intense! I prefer short, maximum intensity workouts to all other types. Bear in mind that intensity is relative – what I consider intense, may be a walk in the park to you, and could be too intense for someone else. The key point is that they have to go all out every time!
3) #1 and 2 above are fantastic, but if your diet is not supporting the cause, then results will not be as expected. Demanding workouts require more fuel, but at the same time, you don’t want to overeat. The key is making sure that you eat clean and eat smaller meals and snack more often (every 2-3 hours), while making sure that you are getting adequate macronutrients at the right times I cover all of these topics and more in greater detail on my blog: The specific categories are listed on the right side.

Rick Stype received his training certification from WITS, and also holds various certifications in Advanced Physiology and Advanced Exercise Design. Rick has experience in Functional Training, High Intensity Interval Training, Core Strength, and tailoring routines to meet the specific needs of his clients. Rick specializes in Pain Free Training: Corrective Exercise specifically designed to restore the body’s structural integrity and muscular/skeletal alignment, thereby correcting dysfunction and reducing or eliminating pain. Personal Physical Accomplishments: Lost 85 pounds over 3 years, then added 50 pounds of muscle over 2 years.

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