Sticking with your Weight Loss Goals when the Holiday Season rushes in

Tis the season! Keeping to your weight loss goals may be the last thing on your mind right now, and can actually seem quite impossible.  However, many people are able to stick to their weight loss goals even during the Holiday Season whern indulgence (of all kinds!)  seems to be in fashion. Here are some really great tricks that Ive shared with many of our clients at Smart Workout:

1.) Move before you party. This is actually an important step that most people skip once the season of Holiday parties are upon us; even if you want to just maintain your current weight, you have to keep to a workout schedule. Yes, it will be harder to get to the gym and stick to a routine when it seems that every night or weekend there is an event to go celebrate. This is where you may need to get creative about how you work out. A great list of cold-weather exercises from Womens Health Magazine shows you that you can still find fun ways to workout when the temperatures drop!  Added Bonus: when you switch up your workout routine, your muscles are confused and work in new ways!

2.) Take control of what you eat. It is true that in some situations like cocktail parties, holiday dinners, and office celebrations, you have very little control of what you will be served. However, you are always in control of what you actually eat.  If you have a healthy goal on the horizon, dont let a mindless eating incident sabotage all of your hard work. Still keep an idea of what you are eating, and plan your meals in accordance to what holiday parties you will be attending that week. Fitness Magazine offers a great menu of family-friendly dinners that are hearty and healthy!

3.) Have an after-plan. Knowing that this time of year may be difficult for you to stick to your weight loss goals, have a plan for when all the hoopla is over! You can jump-start new goals and develop your current weight loss journey with a more diligent Weight Loss Program, like the one at Smart Workout. Or, you could even plan a relaxing and healthy Fitness Vacationsince the Holidays can be stressful soemtimes too!

 

All in all, it is important to remember the increased difficulty of keeping your weight loss goals in check, but it is surely not impossible. It is a time of year that should be full of fun, friends, family ansd happiness, so be sure to enjoy and stay healthy this season!

 

written by Sandi Partyka, Senior Fitness Assistant and C.H.C.

Fitness Gift Guide – Give a healthy gift this season!

With the holidays just a couple weeks away, everybody is busy shopping for gifts for family and friends. More challenging than the actual shopping is thinking up unique gift ideas, that your loved ones will be able to appreciate, and use throughout the year. Fitness related gifts can make some great unique gift ideas and help your loved ones  jump-starting a new fitness regimen for the new year.

Here are some of the Smart Workout staffs favorite fitness gifts:

Heart Rate Monitor

This is an excellent device for any exerciser looking to get the most out of his or her workout. There are many different types of heart rate monitors, but you should look for one with a heart rate strap, so the exerciser can see a continuous heart rate at a glance. Fancier models include a GPS, which will track pace, speed, location, etc.

 

 

Hydryx Workout Towel

At first thought, giving someone a towel as a present may not seem like an extraordinary gift, but this towel is pretty unique. Once you take it out of the included tube, it instantly cools to help keep your workouts more comfortable. It’s great for the gym, which can get steamy with all the body heat, or for warmer weather workouts as well.

Kettlebells

Kettlebells are currently a very popular trend in fitness and a good choice if the person you are getting the gift for likes a challenge. There are a variety of kettlebells on the market, from medicine-ball like bells to basic iron models. If giving kettlebells as a gift, it may also be a good idea to pair it with a kettlebell video, to allow the exerciser asset of instructions in doing this workout, so in time they will be able to pick up the kettlebells whenever they’d like and do reps of various exercises! Many places, like Smart Workout, are giving Kettlebell classes, so this would be the perfect gift for someone who wants to continue their training at home!

Personal Training Sessions or Gym Membership

Personal Training sessions are a great gift if your loved one has expressed interest in training but is reluctant to spend money, or intimidated to sign up on their own. Every trainer charges a different fee for their services, ranging from about $50.00 to $100.00 per session. This is a great idea for anyone looking for more personalized workout sessions. You may want to first purchase only one or two sessions for them, and let them decide if they want more. Like the gift of personal trainings, a gym membership is a good gift idea only if the person has been talking about it and considering it for some time, but for one reason or another, has not yet signed up for it. There are tons of different gyms to consider, so find out what type the person is looking for (size, location, small group classes offered.) Another option is to get them a coupon for free tours of gyms nearby and let them browse first before you buy.

Many gyms also offer a package that will help a person jump start a fitness routine. Especially if a friend or family member expressed interest, a package like Smart Workouts 6-Week Shape up or Fitness Vacation. The 6-week shape up combines classes and personal training, while the Fitness Vacation combines classes, nutritional education and lectures and some fun activities around NYC!

Healthy Dieter BasketHeart-Healthy Holidays Gift Basket

Found on Wellbaskets.com, this basket includes all kinds of healthy foods including green tea, soy coffee, smoked salmon, soy chips, and dried fruit. Also included is a pedometer and a guided weight loss CD. This particular basket is $85.00, but it can launch a great idea for to make you own unique healthy basket for a loved one as a gift, working with your own budget and making it as inexpensive or pricey as you wish!

 


Happy Shopping from Smart Workout!


-written by Victoria Arrigo, Fitness Asisistant