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Get Fit! Oprah’s Trainer Shows You How

Oprah's trainer Bob Greene offers seven no-fail tips on how to stay motivated with your fitness and weight loss goals.
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Many people plan to diet first, then incorporate exercise. But Greene says that if you have to do them one at a time, make exercise a habit first, then focus on cutting calories.

5. Make Your Workout a Meditation

It's easily done, Greene says, just by listening to great music when you walk or jog, for instance. If you're on a treadmill, watch a show you enjoy.

Find a way to exercise that takes your mind off the activity itself, such as running or walking in an outdoor setting. "When Oprah and I meet in Hawaii and we are hiking, it's hard work going up the mountain but it's joyful," he says.

6. Build Exercise Into Your Life Creatively

One of Greene's business partners built a desk on his treadmill, taking phone calls and working while he works out. "He's writing, he is making his marketing calls, and he is on the treadmill," Greene says.

Greene adapted the idea himself. "I was training for a cross-country ride, and had the phone by my indoor bike," he says.

Those examples are extreme, Greene says, but they can get you thinking about weaving exercise in when you have even a few spare minutes during the day. The more you do that, the more likely you are to reach your fitness goals.

7. Focus on the Outcome

Focus on how you know you will feel when you're done with your workout.

"Everybody loves exercise when it's done," Greene says with a laugh. "Exercise, when done right, is never painful, but involves discomfort. Focus on the effects."

And he doesn't just mean tighter muscles or flatter abs. "I've never had anybody say they don't feel better, sleep better, after exercising," he says.

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Reviewed on February 02, 2010

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