Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hibernation and the Holidays

I don’t know about you, but for me this time of year makes me want to hibernate like a bear. Its dark, its cold and all I want to do is put on flannel pjs and eat fatty comfort foods. I might be a personal trainer but I am far from perfect. I struggle with all the same battles my clients do. Including (insert dramatic movie music here) the fear of holiday weight gain.

So, as I was riding my bike the other day I thought how can I come up with a plan that will help my clients (and myself!) stay on track this holiday season?

Here is my fitness / nutrition brainstorm:

  1. Ease up on the booze: If your family is anything like my family, holidays start with a mimosa at 9:00 am and continue on from there. Don’t get me wrong, I love mimosas. However at about 90 calories a glass it’s the easiest thing to limit and control.
  2. Don’t skip meals: Don’t try to skip breakfast and lunch to save room for that big holiday meal. If you arrive to a party famished you might eat more than you need to.
  3. DO skip the chip bowl: Try to avoid the chips, bread, snacks and appetizers pre dinner. If you are hungry between meals go for something healthy like fruit or raw nuts.
  4. Squeeze in the exercise: I know as the holidays ramp up we all get busy with shopping, party planning, cooking etc but try to get your workout in first thing in the morning. I 100% guaranteed the exercise will help keep your holiday stress down and your energy up! (Oh and burn those extra calories off!)
  5. Make it a family thing: Before you gather around that big turkey go for a walk together! In my family we like to put the turkey in and then go for a hike.
  6. Don’t beat yourself up: Last but not least, don’t beat yourself up!! Ok so you had two pieces of pie no need to condemn yourself for the rest of the holiday. Just reset and try again.

Hey if all else fails and you need help losing that holiday weight I just happen to know a great personal trainer (wink wink).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Exercise like a surfer!

Exercise like a surfer!

I know you’re probably thinking; ok…what?! Let me explain what I mean.

Living in Newport Beach I can always tell when the surf is good. Surfers of all genders and ages are running across PCH, barefoot, board in hand with an ear to ear grin slapped across their faces. Their eyes seem to gleam as if they know a great secret and I think perhaps they do! Passion! Joy! Zest for life!

While I was running on the beach this morning my path was cut off multiple times by surfers running out to the ocean. Smiling, calling out to their friends as if this was some sort of great celebration. I found myself wishing I could bottle their enthusiasm and give it to all my clients.

So if you can’t quite picture yourself having the same passion for getting on the treadmill and grinding out 30 minutes try something new! Try swimming, bike outside, paddle boarding, walking along the beach or heck try surfing!! Find that one activity that you love, that you get excited about, that makes you happy that you are healthy and fit and get to workout!!