Category Archives: Tony’s Tips

As I travel on my journey toward fitness and a healthy me, I’ll share some of the tips and tricks that I find along the way.

Tony’s Tip No.5 — Change your age on your Birthday…


…If you use a Body Fat Monitor

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My birthday was on July 25th (anyone want to send me a birthday present? – GRIN)

Anyway, just a few minutes ago, I realized that I had not updated my age in the two “body fat monitors” I use:

Both of these devices require you to input your age in order to accurately calculate your body fat.  So, “remind” yourself to change those numbers when you celebrate your birthday.

And your birthday is a good day to remember to change out the batteries in your smoke alarms in your home too!  Woot!

See ya on the dance floor!

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Tony’s Tip No.4 — Be a “sole” mate!


Go Walking with a Friend / Partner

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I subscribe to a couple of online sites that send me short “tips” on health and fitness via email and/or text messages.

This one came in via text message from “Health Tips” on the Walgreens website:

Be a “sole” mate. A study found that people are 76% more likely to stay on a walking program if someone else is counting on them.

I can vouch for this one.  Not for a “walking” program but for dancing.  I am embarrassed to confess when I was doing line, Teams, and couples all at the same time that the line dance practices were the ones that I was most likely to ahem skip out on.

Because it was just me.  But if I had to pick up the phone and cancel on someone then I was waaaaaaaaaaaay less likely to do that.  The social commitment of having made an appointment to meet with someone or a group of someones kept me going to the practices.

See ya on the dance floor!

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Tony’s Tip No.3 — Check your Success!


Rejoice in the little things…

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I subscribe to a couple of online sites that send me short “tips” on health and fitness via email and/or text messages.

And I absolutely LOVE IT! when one comes in that pretty much says what I’ve already written about here in this blog.  🙂

I got this text message just a few minutes ago:

Check your success.  Are you walking faster or farther? Can you walk up stairs easier?  Can you walk and talk?

Good advice.  And good ways to measure your progress.  I would add however, that you should “celebrate the successes”  Brag about them!  Shout them from the rooftops.

No matter how small, each of those tiny victories means you are moving forward.  Keep track of them because when you feel like progress has stalled, you can look over your victories and use them for motivation.

See ya on the dance floor!

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Tony’s Tip 1 and 2 — Park at the edge & Take it slow!


health-and-fitness-tipsTip No.1 — Park at the edge of the parking lot

One way to burn a few extra calories without a lot of extra effort is to park at the edge of the parking lot.  Every parking lot. Every time.  At work, when you go shopping, when you go to the movie, when stopping off at the corner convenience store.   The extra few steps every time you get out of your car, will add up over time, burning calories, and providing fitness benefits.

Tip No. 2 — Rome wasn’t built in a day — Take it slow!

Make small changes, one at a time.  Keep focused on the specific change until that “change” becomes a “habit”.

Now, do it in combination…

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