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May 2010 L Magazine Column – 10 Fitness Commandments Part 2


This is part 2 of the 10 Fitness Commandments that appeared in L Magazine – in case you missed part 1 click here.

Last month we went over my first 5 Fitness Commandments and luckily I didn’t offend anyone by comparing myself to Moses.

I have five more Commandments for you, so enough of the hubbub, let’s roll.

6.  Thou shalt not chase shiny things.

The world of fitness is full of “shiny things.”

The latest fad diet isn’t that different than the last best seller and the latest fad workout program won’t be around long.

It’s not sexy, but you need to stick with sound and proven principles that work.

7.  Thou shalt not have a punishment mentality.

Avoid Punishment…

Have you ever eaten too much on the weekend only to wind up kicking yourself and thinking, “I’ll never do that again.”

Or maybe your thoughts fit more along the lines of “I have to do an extra 90 minutes of cardio today to work off that dessert from last night.”

Stop it.

That line of thinking will not accomplish anything except leave you feeling guilty for enjoying life.  It’s okay to splurge as long as it’s in moderation.

However, if you have those thoughts on a regular basis, you need to step back and look at your life and figure out if you’re truly committed to making positive changes.  Chances are high that if you’re having those thoughts week after week, you’re not serious about making a change.

8.  Thou shalt eat real food.

I find it sad that I have to include this, but we have become a “processed society.”  We rely on processed foods, processed drinks and become processed people.

You’d be amazed how much better you feel, how much more energy you have and how quickly weight comes off if you ate REAL food and got rid of the pseudo-foods.

9.  Thou shalt set a good example for thine children.

We try to set a good example for Maren

Show your kids how important eating healthy is by eating healthy.

Show them how important being active is by getting off your butt and moving.

You can’t tell your kids they need to stop playing video games and be active if all they see you doing is sitting on the couch all night watching television.

If you love your kids and don’t want to see them struggle with unnecessary illness or weight issues, set a good example for them while they’re young.  You’ll be amazed at the result.

10.  Thou shalt relax.

As a society we tend to get ourselves wound up just a wee bit too tight.

We stress too easily at the smallest things and that affects your health, lifestyle and weight.

We all need to chill out a bit more, so you now have my permission to take a siesta.

If you’d like a bit more information on chillin’ check out the latest Fit Mom’s Corner

There you have it, there are my “Moses style” 10 commandments.

If you have any other commandments you’d like to add, let me know.  Maybe we can add a third stone tablet to the mix.

About The Author

Ed Scow, also known as "The Fit Dad", likes long walks on the beach, snuggling, hand stand push-ups and pretending to work. He's also a fitness & nutrition expert, proud papa and husband to a smokin' hot wifey.

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