Health & Fitness

By Jasmin Guleria

We know that this is the season for excuse upon excuse to keep us away from the gym and underneath our blankets in our warm comfy pajamas. As the winter months approach us, the most common excuse for not exercising is the weather! Let’s face it, when we see mountains of snow falling outside, it’s so easy to just get under the covers and sleep the day away.

But don’t let the Grinch steal your year-end resolve to shape up. We asked fitness guru, David Kirsch, to give us seven tips to have a fit and fabulous holiday. Kirsch has had over 15 years’ experience in fitness coaching, and has taught clients including Liv Tyler, Linda Evangelista, Sophie Dahl and Naomi Campbell. His new book, The Ultimate New York Diet, is just hot off the press, and it is full of information on “living” a life of healthy eating while living in a “to-go” society, while finding the time for a “real” workout. Visit www.davidkirsch.com to order. Here are Kirch’s seven tips for you this holiday season:

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  1. Make sure to have something light to eat before going to a holiday party.
  2. Limit your consumption of passed canapés and finger foods.
  3. Make sure to have some healthy food or snack before having any alcohol.
  4. Avoid sugary drinks like eggnog, and stick with red wine or the occasional glass of champagne
  5. Move your body!!!! Exercise, Cardio and Hydration is the perfect RX for a cocktail party hangover.
  6. Try a Protein Meal Replacement shake (vanilla or chocolate), the perfect pre – party snack.
  7. If dinner is served at the cocktail party, then stick to lower – fat protein like grilled chicken, turkey or fish.

BeautyNews has some tried and true advice for you. We know how hard it is not to give into those holiday pounds…and these tips have helped us brave the wintry months a bit better than if we were left to our own devices. Here are some of our practical tips on how to have a good and healthy holiday season while having fun at the same time.

Rent Movies
No, I don’t mean the kind of movies that turn you into an ice cream eating couch potato for 90 minutes! I’m talking about workout videos. Next time you’re at the video store, rent a new aerobic video. Workout to the video 3-4 times a week and then when you go back to return it, get another one! Changing your workouts frequently will keep your body guessing so that you won’t hit a stall in your weight-loss. Plus, having a new workout every couple of weeks will help keep you interested in exercise.

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Do The Math
For a dieter, the work place can be absolutely torturous during the holiday months. Mountains of Christmas cookies in every cubicle and bowls of colorful foil covered chocolates on every desk seem to be taunting us to dig in and be a part of the holiday spirit. Before you give up and munch on ‘just a few’ holiday office sweets, think about these numbers:

9 Hershey Kisses has 230 calories and 13 grams of fat! One slice of fruit cake can quite easily tally up to a whopping 300 calories – and if a cake like this is in the office, it’s easy to keep nibbling and not notice that instead of just “one small piece” you’ve had a total of three rather large pieces.

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Shop!
Shopping not only makes your wallet lighter, it even has the ability to help you, the shopper, become smaller! During the winter months when holiday sales and gift buying are rampant, shopping can be a great low-impact cardio workout. A walk around the mall can easily add up to 3 miles or more of total distance. Just make sure to steer clear of the food court!

Make Resolutions and Stick With Them!
It’s that time again – time for the PRE-New Year’s resolution! Many people start the beginning of the New Year with strong-willed resolutions to lose or maintain weight. As the 12 months wear down upon us, life seems to get in the way of our good intentions and our weight-loss goals furtively fall to the sidelines. Making a resolution in November for January 1st forces us to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Make a promise to eat healthier and workout a couple of minutes extra on the days prior to your indulgence. If you plan your indulgences and prepare for them, those delectable holiday treats will taste that much sweeter because you’ve earned them. Most of all, don’t stress yourself out about it. Healthy bodies start with healthy minds.

Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

Originally published December 2006
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