With holiday boozing over, and dry January (it's a thing) and New Year's resolutions in full effect, Miami's top fitness trainers give us their two cents on how to keep in tip-top shape and live the fit life year-round.
Dwyane Wade and Lebron James' trainer favors one thing over all else: "Sleep. It's that simple."
"Hydration is also key. Your body needs at least three liters of water per day for optimal hydration. When your body is dehydrated it sits in a constant state or stress causing your body to breakdown. And here's the tough one: cut flour and refined sugars from your diet. Yes your body needs carbohydrates, but you don't need to get them from flour-based foods. Look at it this way, if it didn't come from earth—make sure it either grew, walked, ran swam on the planet—don't eat it."
"Any activity is better than no activity" for the body responsible for the bodies of Devonta Freeman, Carlos Hyde, and Jeff Green.
"The one question I get asked often is, 'What's the best cardio?' My answer is always, 'The one you enjoy doing and will continue to do consistently.' Most people just want the fast results, instant gratification, but the world of fitness and health doesn't work that way. It's a lifestyle. So if you really want to lose weight and keep it off, you'd better learn to enjoy the process. Instead of forcing yourself into a class or on a machine that promises the 'most burn,' try something that you actually like. It can be dodgeball, tennis, soccer, rowing, biking, dancing, rock climbing, anything that gets your heart rate up and keeps you engaged. Have fun with it and the results will come."
This former dancer-turned-global-yogi (who Ballers star Arielle Kebbel swears by) relies on movement, balance, and a nutritional breakfast every day of the year. (Move with her when she's not traveling at Tropical Vinyasa.)
"I've been traveling so much this past year, and 2017 will be the same so I've had to get super creative with how I stay in shape. For me, it's all about mini movement circuits throughout the day in between everything else. And no dieting; balance is key. My energy is my priority, so my routine has to have a balance of restorative and active practices. Nature keeps my mind clear, and I never skip breakfast. I love hard-boiled eggs with avocado and some fresh fruit or a smoothie."
Forget what we said about New Year's resolutions, at least according to Barry's Bootcamp & Anatomy 1220 veteran Ethan Marine, who's all about lasting routines and results.
"New year resolutions don't work, so do something that does. Instead of a resolution, write down a routine. Write three things down right now: WHAT your goal is, WHY you want it, and HOW you're going to get it. Put it somewhere you'll see it everyday. Now create, buy, or borrow (copy) a routine that will get you there. Most people fail because they have no plan and no structure. This is the first step in creating healthy habits."
Wondering what the secret to acquiring a Pilates body is? "Be consistent," Anatomy 1220's resident Pilates pundit Amanda Christodoulou tells us.
"'Consistency is key' is a timeless phrase for a reason. We tend to place too much pressure on ourselves to nail a pose we're after, or transform our bodies in short periods of time. Real change takes time and real results are a product of living a consistently healthy lifestyle. Give your body and mind time to adjust and strive for balance. If we maintain balance, overeating or drinking starts to look less like a reward and more like exactly what it is, overdoing it. I always say everything in moderation, including moderation."
If you don't hold yourself accountable this year, the girl power behind female fitness studio Ironflower will.
"Planning and preparation equals results. Holding yourself accountable for workouts, either by working with a trainer to ensure you turn up or keeping a strict workout calendar means you are much more likely to succeed. Variety is key—boredom is the number one cause of people dropping out of their workout regimes. And remember to build movement in to your day; take the stairs, bike ride. If you have small children, run around with them."