The best fitness advice I’ve received was: Only do what you can imagine yourself doing every day from now on.

Keep this is mind and you’ll look at all your future diet and exercise plans in an entirely different light.

Why?

Because every plan you make from now on will be based on lifestyle changes rather than losing 10 pounds in a week.

Lifestyle changes bring and maintain real results; crash diets and extreme exercise plans might help you drop a few pounds by Saturday, but if it’s not something you can keep up, you’ll be right back in the same situation by next week.

Plus, chances are you’ll feel like you “failed” at reaching or maintaining whatever goal you set for yourself – a feeling that is damaging to your psyche and future success at reaching healthy goals.

So, every time I think about adding to – or taking away from – my current fitness regimen, I ask myself whether it’s something I think I can keep up. If so, great. If not, is it something that will benefit me only temporarily and am I okay with that?

What’s the best fitness advice you’ve ever received?