Tips from our Fitness Institute’s own Belissa Vranich
During the holiday season, most people are far too busy with shopping, holiday parties and extravagant dinners followed by sugar-filled desserts to worry about maintaining an exercise program. Belisa Vranich, Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Member and Certified Sports Psychologist, has the answers you are looking for to keep the weight off during the winter months.
Avoid the holiday party food table. Be sure to eat before you go out. This will make you less vulnerable to large helpings of the high calorie/high sugar food. Try to avoid standing near the food table to refrain from over indulging on the sweets. Food is an excuse to bring people together during the holiday season, it doesn’t mean you need to devour the entire buffet! Once you have eaten a moderate portion, chew a piece of gum and concentrate on enjoying the company.
Keep going to the gym. “Make a solemn vow; even write it down, that if you miss a day at the gym, you will go back the next day,” recommends Vranich. “Don’t tell yourself that you will start the following Monday or after New Years.” The more time you spend away from the gym, the harder it is to get back to your original fitness levels.
Portion your food intake. To keep yourself from eating too much, drink plenty of water. More water will fill you up. Also, eat crunchy, high fiber foods that fill you up faster. If you’re looking for comfort food, drink hot herbal tea as opposed to feasting on mashed potatoes and high calorie desserts.
Exercise at home. If you absolutely cannot take the time to go to the gym, buy an exercise video that you can use at home. Get the kids involved and make it fun! If on vacation, be sure to at least go walking or swimming to help keep the weight off. Doing something, even if it’s not in the gym, will help you maintain your fitness goals, and keep the weight off.GO BACK