Holiday Fitness Hints
People tend to get lax about fitness during the holidays. We overindulge in high-calorie foods and most of our workouts consist of fighting crowds of holiday shoppers at the mall. This invariably leads to a lot of regret and no-more-rosca-de-reyes-‘til-next-December themed resolutions. To avoid having to double on your diet and exercise efforts in January, follow Ken Hunt’s (owner of Steel Gym and LaCosmo fitness expert) tips to enjoy a Christmas without the ensuing guilt:
- It’s tempting to ditch your workouts as your days fill up with holiday preparations, but now more than ever you need to stay active. Exercise will help you deal with added stress and give you energy for everything you need to accomplish. It will also help you manage your weight through the maze of parties and gatherings you’ll be attending. If you have trouble sticking with your usual routine this time of year, come up with a new one. Walk, run, jump rope, cycle, just do whatever you need to do to keep moving.
- Exercise wherever you can. You already know to take the stairs, park far away and so on to get more exercise. This holiday season, wear a pedometer as you’re running around, and see how many steps you can accumulate. Use every opportunity to get in more movement, whether it’s parking on the opposite side of where you need to be or chopping down your own Christmas tree.
- Keep calories in check. Don’t show up at a party on an empty stomach or you’ll devour everything in sight. Once you hit the buffet table, choose only one treat to indulge in and keep the rest of your choices healthy. Also watch you alcohol intake. Those fruity cocktails and coquitos add up.
Ken Hunt is the owner of New York and Miami’s Steel Gym, an AFI-certified trainer and a fitness expert. Ken’s expert advice has been featured in the New York Times, Compete, Horizon Barcelona, La Cosmopolatina, Men’s Fitness, DailyBurn, and SiriusXM and LA Talk Radio. He also travels around the country lecturing on physical fitness. He is currently finishing his new book, The Hunt for Fitness. He also hosts his own radio talk show, The Hunt for Fitness, on WWRL 1600 AM radio at 10 p.m. ET, every Friday.
Under Ken’s management, Steel Gym has been named two years in a row the No. 1 gym in New York by the American Fitness Institute; two years in a row awarded the New York Award for Physical Fitness Facilities; has been named one of the Top 5 gyms in the US by Muscle & Fitness Magazine; and has been given the Talk of the Town Award three years in a row for Outstanding Customer Service. Steel Gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St. in Manhattan. Call (212) 352-9876, e-mail info@SteelGym.com or log onto www.SteelGym.com for more information. Also, you can follow Steel Gym on Facebook.com/SteelGymNYC and Twitter.com/SteelGym.