Many people find it difficult to maintain a long-term and consistent fitness regimen. We start the year with good intentions, but soon enough, we are only sporadically working out. Keeping with the program can be simple if you know how. Here’s advice from four health and fitness experts on how to create a wellness plan you can maintain for a lifetime.

Harley Pasternak - celebrity trainer

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Harley Pasternak

Celebrity trainer, author, and spokesperson for New Balance, Pasternak holds a Masters in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto.

He says:
“The more that science tells us that shorter, simple workouts and lower intensity daily activity are the best way for us to get healthy and stay healthy, the more we are bombarded by fitness programs and diets that delineate the exact opposite.”

“It’s hard enough to go from being sedentary to being active, but asking people to hoist a barbell over their heads, hoist boat anchors and hip-hop dance till they throw up is the exact opposite of what we need to be doing.”

His tips:
Be active all day. Park further from the grocery store and walk. Take breaks from the desk and stretch. Simply, move more.

Lacey Stone

Lacey Stone

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Entrepreneur, TV personality, group fitness instructor, and motivational speaker, Lacey Stone is a Jill of all trades.

She says:
The key is to think whole-self health in terms of mental, emotional, and physical well being. ”If one of those is out of whack, you’re unhappy.”

“If you want lasting success in your fitness routine you have to earn it. There are no short-cuts to the glory of being in control of your own health. Understand there are no magic pills. Once you go on this journey and truly begin to change your body, you’ll come to the realization that YOU. ARE. THE. MAGIC.”

Her tips:
“Being Successful at anything takes consistency. You need to have a game-plan to win.”

Jason Wimberly

Jason Wimberly

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From gender-bending fashion model and activist to television personality and fitness expert, Jason Wimberly is a champion of positive transformation.

He says:
“There’s far too much time spent looking in the mirror and critiquing ourselves. People have to start with accepting themselves and not plunge in to lose-30-pounds-in-30 day programs that leave them feeling like failures if they don’t lose it all.”

His tips: 
Try “high-intensity, short-duration workouts“.

Amen Iseghohi

Amen Iseghohi

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A former professional rugby player and founder of Amenzone Fitness, Iseghohi is committed to ending childhood obesity.

He says:
To get fit, “all you need is some trash and some inspiration.” Iseghohi grew up in Benin, West Africa and frequently played with tires, which are now the staple piece of equipment used in his gyms. 

“You were born to thrive, not survive!”

His tips:
Eat well and take a back-t0-basics approach to fitness utilizing intuition and a little creative innovation.

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Lacey Stone
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