As most of you know, I’m currently working out in Saudi Arabia at a world-class facility that I helped create. ‘22 Athletics‘ is about 8,500 sq. feet and has everything I could ever ask for in a space…great location, solid staff, top of the line equipment, open floor plan, turf space, a smoothie bar, a yoga room, and much more.

In addition to the training, coaching, and programming; one of my fun little side projects is to post pics and clips to social media. Since Instagram is so popular right now, I decided to put together a 22-day series of quick educational posts. For the next 22 days I will post a quick video or photo that will cover various topics; from fitness to nutrition to living a healthy lifestyle.

The goal is to share some fitness and wellness information that will help you with your health-related goals.

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DAY 1 of 22 

Today’s post is about EXERCISE. Here are 10 quick tips to keep in mind when trying to commit to exercise.

Tip 1: Be consistent. You must make your health a priority in your life. You need to eliminate the excuses and incorporate exercise into your weekly routine.

Tip 2: Add variety. Once you are consistently exercising, try some different options. If you always walk on the treadmill, try using the rowing machine instead. If you always use the TRX straps, try taking a yoga class. Mix it up and experience some new options.

Tip 3: Interval train. Talking on your phone while you take a slow walk on the treadmill most likely won’t get you the results you seek. Challenge yourself by increasing your heart rate in a safe manner and the results will come.

Tip 4: Daily life adjustments. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Or, next time you are at the mall, park in back of parking lot and walk further.

Tip 5: Desk life adjustments. Sitting is unhealthy. Get up every hour, even for 5 minutes, to walk around the office, get some water, and stretch out the body.

Tip 6: Write it down. Research shows writing down your workouts in a log (or using an app) leads to greater consistency and better results.

Tip 7: Get a partner. Training with a friend or with a group also leads to improved consistency and positive results.

Tip 8: Hire a coach. We are here to help. Please ask us for assistance with any health-related questions you have. Our purpose is to help you reach your goals.

Tip 9: Have fun. It you don’t enjoy it, you won’t stick with it. Find exercises and healthy activities that you enjoy doing so you’ll continue to do them.

Tip 10: Start! It’s the start that stops most people. You don’t need to start out by going to the gym 6 days a week. A long journey begins with a single step. Be realistic with your goals and get started today.

Be sure to follow along on Instagram:

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Doug Balzarini 


About Doug Balzarini
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator Champion Michael Chandler, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).  

He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TFW Level 1, TRX instructor training, RIP training, CrossFit Level-1 Training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his 2 DVD projects on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” FOX TV show in 2012.

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