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Fitness Tip: How to strengthen your willpower

Thursday, January 10, 2013

1. Find your focus: Eliminate distractions rather than trying to ignore them. Turn off your cell phone, use earplugs at work, and silence your email notification.

2. Eat for energy: Keeping your blood sugar at a healthy level, as it is after regular meals, helps you to have more self-control and more easily resist junk food.

3. Plan ahead: Cut down on the amount of decisions that you make everyday and your will-power muscle will automatically get stronger. Don't think about working out: just make the decision to do it! So get to work right now at reducing the number of choices you have to make each day.

4. Stress less: Stress is tied to self-control. To calm down and replenish your energy, go for a walk. When stress hits, removing yourself from the situation even briefly helps. By changing your environment, you help change your perception and recharge your battery.

5. Find fit friends: If the person sitting next to you eats a lot, we are more likely to overindulge as well. Schedule workouts and healthy meals with your fit friends on a regular basis. Making the commitment to get and stay in shape will help build your willpower and keep you motivated.

Next week: Abs

Amy Carroll is an instructor at the YMCA. She is a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist.

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