Year End Fitness Tips

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PistolSTOCK UP ON:

Balsamic vinegar (it adds a pop of low-cal flavor to veggies and salads)

in-shell nuts (their protein and fiber keep you satiated)

fat-free plain yogurt (a creamy, comforting source of protein).

RELIEVE MUSCLE SORENESS:

Relieve post-fitness aches by submerging your lower body in a cold bath (50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit; you may have to throw some ice cubes in to get it cold enough) for 10 to 15 minutes. Consider getting one to two massages per month to help aid in training recovery.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE A SCALE:

It's best to step on the scale in the morning before eating or drinking—and prior to plunging into your daily activities. For the most reliable number, be sure to check your poundage at a consistent time, whether daily or weekly.

DRINK WATER:

I've said this time and time again but people tend not to realize the importance of good ol H2O. Whether you're heading off to boot camp, or any other exercise, it's always important to hydrate so you can stay energized and have your best workout. Electrolyte-loa

ded athletic drinks, though, can be a source of unnecessary calories, so drinking water is usually fine until you're exercising for more than one hour.

RELIEVE THE SIDE STITCH:

You know it: a sharp pain just below the rib cage that always seems to pop up when you're working out your hardest. It's called the side stitch, and it can be a major nuisance—especially when it keeps you from completing a workout. To ease the ache (so you can get on with your run), take your fist and press it beneath your rib cage while taking deep breaths from your belly for about 10 steps. In about 30 seconds, the pain should subside, so you can get on back to (fitness) work.

MAINTAIN:

The end is here! To maintain your weight, you still have to make those smart choices at restaurants, work, and home. Look into getting a diet confidante, who you can chat with once a week about your eating highs and oh-no's. And stick to using that scale so you can be proactive if a few extra pounds creep back on. Don't let your exercise routine change, either, because even if you don't have any more pounds to lose, you'll still be working out your heart.

KEEP YOUR ROUTINE:

There's no reason to stop working out. Going to a party? Go for a run or get in a good workout at the gym before you head out. Or plan a semi-private training session the morning after a big bash. You'll be less likely to overindulge if you know you're going to get an ass kicking the next morning.

FILL UP ON VEGGIES AND LEAN PROTEIN:

Take your time and look at your options. Be smart about your choices. If that finger food looks loaded with cheese, keep walking. Some things just aren't worth it. If you're going to indulge a little, make sure it's with your favorite food. Make those calories count. Have a small amount and move on.

WRITE IT DOWN:

Create a plan during the Holiday season and write down your goals. For most people, the act of actually sitting down and writing out a plan of action, helps them to stay focused and increases their chances of following it through. Make sure your goals are realistic and plan out some daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Make sure your plan contains some of the following tips in it as well.

SLEEP:

Lack of sleep has been shown to aid in the accumulation of belly fat which can be very dangerous to your health. Make sure, even though Holidays are a busy time of the year, that you are getting enough sleep.