Pilates guru Nina Waldman: 10 ways to stay fit and Zen in 2016 – Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 | 2 a.m. – Las Vegas Sun Mobile
Millions of Americans vowed with their New Year’s resolutions to go slim and trim for 2016, but how long does the promise and commitment last? Is it a juice diet, is it a new gym membership, is it an exhausting physical boot camp?
Does it last one week, one month, or are you going to change your lifestyle permanently for the better? We asked Nina Waldman how to keep fit in 2016, and the Pilates princess came up with 10 items you can do to stay fit and Zen for this New Year.
Be you an athlete, secretary, nightclub employee, celebrity, stay-at-home mom, casino employee, hotel housekeeper, chef or, er, journalist, she has a solution: Self-care. It’s a term most have heard, but an action many probably fail to do. In the words of Nina, “If you don’t take care of yourself, who is going to?”
Nina, founder of Body in Mind Pilates Studio & Fitness Boutique at Palms Place, loves to help people feel and look better. I’m there twice a week in order to stay strong enough to keep pace with the around-the-clock demands of covering our Entertainment Capital of the World for Vegas DeLuxe.
Nina began her education in Pilates after she saw how it helped to rehabilitate her husband after a back injury. For the past 17 years, she has seen her clients benefit mentally and spiritually from simply taking care of themselves. Since she helps clients feel better inside and out each day, I asked her to give us her 10 tips:
Wake up on a positive
As soon as you wake up, mentally go through a list of five things that you are grateful for. “The more we become aware of what we are putting in our brains, the easier it will be to shift any negative thoughts to positive,” says Nina.
Drink your body weight in ounces
Drinking water is not only an easy fix for energy, but your skin also will look so much better because of it. What’s the best way to make sure you’re drinking enough a day? “Carry it with you,” recommends Nina.
“It doesn’t matter what you do — just move,” says Nina, adding, “Walking does not cost you money.”
Eat “real food.”
“Go with what grows,” instructs Nina. “Eat real food every three to four hours to speed up your metabolism. It took me a few years to learn how to eat properly. I use Food For You, Vegas! to help me keep meals balanced — carbohydrates, proteins, fruits and vegetables.”
Many people walk around tense because their muscles are tight. Stretching can help fix that. Although it’s movement, Nina gives it “its own feel-good listing.” Whether you have an aggressive workout routine or stick to cardio, stretching is important.
“Make massages a necessity,” suggests Nina. Again, “If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?”
Be your own best friend
Love yourself. “Some of the things people criticize themselves about, they would never do or say to their best friend.” By being your own best friend, you’ll be more likely to take care of yourself,” explains Nina.
Reward yourself for your efforts
The best part: The reward can be whatever you want. If you’ve earned it by doing the work, then you deserve it. Nina suggests creating daily, weekly or monthly goals that allow you to reward yourself after accomplishing them.
Are you spending time with people who lift you up, or people who hurt you or don’t make you feel good? “Time is precious,” she says. “Pay attention to whom you spend time with and keep in your life.”
Don’t be “too busy.”
Simply stated. Don’t be “too busy” for the things that will only benefit your life.
If you insist on using excuses even after reading this, Nina has something else for you: Bootylates. Launching in February, it’s a digital, downloadable workout program that can be done from the comfort of your own home or office.
She designed the three-week workout routine that also includes recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Since it takes 21 days to build a habit, Nina hopes that her program will help people easily adopt a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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