If you are looking for fitness tips that will last a lifetime, you won’t want to miss what Tamilee shared with us.
In order to encourage healthy habits that last a lifetime, Tamilee suggests starting out slow to stay on track. “You’ve got to take it easy,” she insists. “You can’t just start off know how everybody does at New Year, they start off and my classes are like, ‘Oh, it’s crowded.” I say, ‘Give it two weeks.’ Unfortunately, a lot of them have dropped out because they get in there and then they get sore. It’s like they just stepped on the gas pedal and away they went instead of gradually building it up.”You may recognize Tamilee from “Buns of Steel” or her dozen or so videos since then, as a co-host on Discovery’s “Fit TV” or host of ESPN’s “Body Squad,” or from her four bestselling books, including Workouts for Dummies. She has also been elected into the prestigious Fitness Hall of Fame. Her knowledge and acquired experience, combined with her contagious energy and effervescent personality, have made her an ideal guest speaker on top-rated television talk shows, including Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show, E! Entertainment and The BIG Idea on CNBC. Tamilee’s well-toned body has graced the covers of SHAPE Magazine, Home Gym and Fitness Magazine, and Diet and Exercise Magazine, and she has been featured in S.D. Sports and Fitness, Fit Magazine, Men’s Fitness Magazine, Vogue, American Fitness, and Billboard.
Tamilee considers health a gift. “The greatest thing that we could ever have is our health because if you don’t have your health, you don’t have a whole lot of other things. You can’t do other things, you can’t take care of your family, you can’t take care of you, your pets, your home, you can’t do all those wonderful things that you want to do with your friends and family and so health is just – to me, it’s the top of the list, so it starts from within.”
Speaking of health, “slow and steady” seems to be Tamilee’s philosophy, particularly with beginners. “If somebody’s used to eating maybe three thousand calories a day, I’m going to gradually take them down from there. So probably for the first week or two, we’ll take out 200 of those calories, so we could get them down to the right amount of calories and then staying with their fitness.”
[quote_box_center]“You will keep doing it if you love it. If you don’t love it, don’t do it, because you know exercise and fitness will be equated with misery and duty and that’s not a good combination for a lifetime.” ~ Tamilee Webb[/quote_box_center]
One of Tamilee’s pet peeves is short-term fitness goals with no habitual behavior in sight. She explains, “If they say, ‘Oh, I’ve got this wedding to go to and I want to look really good ‘cause my boyfriend’s going to be there, blah, blah, blah, and I’ve got 10 days to do it, ‘I’m like, ‘Well, good luck to that.’ Because what you’re going to do in ten days is going to come back in double forces to you because you can’t necessarily lose weight in ten days and think that you’re going to be keeping off, you can lose it, but that doesn’t mean that you’re going to keep it off.”
What’s your most important piece of workout equipment? You might be surprised by Tamilee’s answer: “Well, first of all, [you] should invest in a good pair of workout shoes. Because if that is your biggest investment that you can afford, that means now you can take your body out and start walking and not get blisters.”
Tamilee insists that our bodies were designed to move, and that any movement is good movement. “It’s… a lifestyle, not something you do for short term. So even if you do 10 minutes or you just put on your little running shoes and go outside and walk or jog, doing a little interval where you’re just walking or jogging, you get in 20 minutes, 10 minutes – anything, your body responds. And when you don’t respond, your body responds to your not responding. You take care of your body and your body will take care of you.”
As one might expect, a trainer of Tamilee’s caliber has some surefire tips by now for getting, and keeping, that Better Body. Here are 4 of her Top 12 from Better Body Wannabe:
#1: Do what’s right for you.
I encourage people that if you never exercise and you want to get out there, let’s first of all find what the right type of activity for you is. Do you prefer to be outside or inside? Do you prefer water, air, or something else? Then I know either to get them outside and, if they like being outside, do you like the water? Okay, let’s do a beach walk. Or if they like to be inside and they enjoy dancing, then let’s do a dance class. It doesn’t have to be what the greatest thing is, so if you love dancing and Zumba is so big right now, then get into a Zumba class. You’ll dance, you’ll laugh and you won’t even realize that you’re working out because you’re having fun. And if fitness is not fun, if you don’t find an activity that is fun or engaging, you’re not going to stick with it. You have to find something that is motivating and fun that makes you want to go. Like my mom, she’s got arthritis, she’s got a bad knee, but she loves gardening. She’s got a big yard, and even though she probably could use some help, I know that as long as she can get outside each day and keep moving her body and work in that garden, she’s doing something.
#2: Fitness now or illness later.
If you don’t make time for health and fitness now, you will make time for illness later. We have to make time for things. If we don’t, there’s never going to be time.
#3 Listen to your body. (It listens to you!)
Your body will take notice. The minute you start doing something good for your body, your body will go, “Oh, wow, look what she’s doing. Okay, we’ll help her out a little bit, but you know she’s going to quit.” And that’s a gland called the hypothalamus. Now, the hypothalamus does stuff in our brain, it’s kind of like the mother lode up there and along with our hormones, and if you look at it as a scale, you would push that needle all the way up to where you are now, and it doesn’t want to budge, it doesn’t want to come back down, but if you keep at it, eventually it does: “Wow, she is serious about this. She’s been doing it for a while. Okay, let’s – we’ll budge a little bit.” But you see, if you keep doing it and you do it too fast it says, “Okay, we’re going to lose for you, but we’re not going to lose the stuff that you need to lose. We’re going lose muscle which you don’t want to lose, a little bit of fat. So that way if you are really trying to starve yourself, we have enough to sustain.” And then, then you go back to your old habits and it goes, “Okay, now let’s go back to where we are and let’s add some more just in case she decides to do this again to us.”
#4: Start with a positive affirmation.
And that affirmation is, you say good things about yourself, like “Good morning, beautiful. We’re going to have a great day. I love those arms. Look at those arms.” Instead of beating ourselves up, and that’s what we do, we need to start being kind and being positive and when we start loving our body mentally and emotionally, everything else will follow. But if you’re beating yourself up all the time, you’re just sending negative messages and energy to yourself, and that’s not what anybody wants.
By Tiffany Youngren • August 9, 2013
Category: Fitness Articles
More of Tamilee’s story and the rest of her 12 Fitness Tips — the “Doer’s Dozen” mentioned in the Fitness Articles: Twelve Weeks of Trainers introduction — are featured in the upcoming book, Better Body Wannabe: 12 Top Trainers Reveal the Real Skinny on Eating and Exercising for a More Healthy, Happy, and Fit YOU,, based on Tiffany’s (of Transfer of Health) interviews with Tamilee and 11 other top trainers. Sign up today for pre-release chapters and the opportunity to order early.
Fitness video pioneer, acclaimed trainer, Ms. Buns of Steel Star in San Diego, CA.