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Do’s and Dont’s of Fitness

It will come to no surprise to most of you that Tony Horton is my health and fitness mentor.  So when he talks, I listen.  Today I came across a great little post that he wrote on the dos and don’ts of health and fitness that I wanted to share with everyone.  I was going to write about something completely different’ today but that can wait.  This list stopped me in my tracks because it’s simple yet very effective.

Tony isn’t just the P90X master he is always a genuinely good dude.  From the time I have spent with him it is very apparent that he wants us all to live the healthy active lives that we were meant to live.  Sometimes he gives some straight talk and tough love…but if he can’t tell it to us straight when we make excuses then who can?

Below is a great Do’s and Don’ts of Fitness list that Tony posted on his facebook page.  I think that these are great things to live by.  You can also check out his book and other stuff at his website .


“Two Lists – Different Outcomes” By Tony Horton

Do it!

1. Workout 5 to 7 days a week for the rest of your life.

2. Hang out with fit, healthy and happy people.

3. Eat fruits, veggies, high fiber whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats 90% of the time.

4. Lighten up, enjoy the journey and don’t be attached to the outcome.

5. Fill The bucket! Live, learn, read, travel. Get outside of your comfort zone.

6. Get plenty of sleep and manage your stress. Sleep heals – Stress kills!

7. Find your Raison d’etre!

8. Clean house! Keep what you need and give away (don’t sell) everything else.

9. Surround yourself with beauty. Art, flowers, trees. Inside and out.

10. Live in the moment. The past is history. The future a mystery. What’s incredible about right now?


Don’t do it!

1. Pointing fingers. Stop the blame game and try on someone else’s shoes once in a while.

2. Manufactured foods, processed food and factory food from a bag, box, bottle or can.

3. Caring what other people think of YOU!

4. Poor health and fitness. Overweight means overwhelmed and it’s a burden on OUR healthcare system.

5. Fear of failure. Failure is learning and learning makes you better – so fail often.

6. Staying Stupid. Ignorance is NOT bliss. As the times change so must you.

7. Addiction. Booze, drugs and bad unhappy people make for a miserable life.

8. Slobs. Pig Pen is no one to aspire to. Vacuum, scrub and polish your world for your own dignity and respect form others.

9. Scatter Brains. Organization gives you the freedom to live the life you want.

10. Behaving like you’re going to live forever. It’s a short ride so get busy!


What do you think of this list?  Do you think it is helpful?  How  many of these do you do/don’t do?


Dan V.
Dan V.

So many simple yet true/worth the reminder gems in there. Good stuff...I love list.

Matt Edwards
Matt Edwards

Awesome list. Your list, like your fitness, is way more mental than physical. A lot of people don't understand that!


awesome lists! and great advice!


Number 4 on the Do list is AWESOME!! I think if more of us applied this, we would not only be so hard on ourselves for example when someone tells you they can bench 250 and you only can bench 150. We would not be so hard on others when for example you did a full insanity week and a person tells you that they missed a couple of days. We all need to relax and enjoy the journey. Me personally I try to do this with working out. Working out is PART of my life. It is not MY life. This keeps me in balance when I read what others can do and I either can't do it or I choose not to do it. We need to be satisfied with our results. As long as you are pushing yourself hard and doing your best, you are good. I never got into fitness to look like Tony or Shaun T. I got into fitness to be the best Kevin. Those are my thoughts.