With most of the hectic holidays behind us, there's one more night where you might find your wallet shrinking while your waist is expanding. ConsumerSearch consulted three of the biggest names in home fitness, Tracy Mallett, Tamilee Webb and Sara Ivanhoe, for tips to keep your fitness and health in check going into the New Year.
Tracy Mallett is a world-renown fitness and wellness expert best known for her work with celebrities and extremely popular workout The Booty Barre (*Est. $18). Having sold over one million exercise videos, she has helped individuals worldwide reclaim their health in the comfort of their own home. Her advice:
1. Add some lemon (to your water) for extra Vitamin C to help boost your immune system and eat steamed veggies -- not covered in butter! Plus drink plenty of it to combat extra toxins from rich foods plus alcohol and staying indoors with family more than your normal routine.
2. Stick to your regular exercise program. I know it's hard with many distractions but try to maintain as much as you can. You will thank yourself when you start making your New Year resolutions and for the first time fitness is not at the top.
Tamilee Webb's name has become synonymous with the extremely popular "Buns of Steel" and "Abs of Steel." Her successful methods and inspiring energy have made her workouts a household name since the late '80s. She is a living legend in the home fitness world. She suggests the following advice for keeping fit this holiday:
1. Try drinking a glass of water between glasses of alcoholic drinks. When enjoying holiday cheer and drinks, choose those less in calories (such as wine and plain soda-based librations) and have less altogether.
2. Take some time to move. If you can't squeeze your regular workout in, try my holiday workout: do 25 jumping jacks (or step ups); 25 push-ups (or as many as you can do); 25 ab crunches and 25 tricep dips. This should only take you about 2-3 minutes and you'll be doing something physical for your body! If you can do it a couple times during the day, than get with it, you'll feel better, look better and thank yourself later for it! (Check out Tamilee's other great time-saving workouts like her Tight on Time Body Blast: Cardio Core and Thighs Workout (*Est. $12).)
Sara Ivanhoe is the new face of Weight Watchers Yoga Starter Kit, but you may have seen her on Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab or in the popular video series, Yoga for Dummies and Crunch Yoga. Here's her advice for ringing in the new year"
1. Greens first. When I know that I'm going to have a long night of eating and drinking, I tell myself that it is ok, as long as I finish the healthy stuff first. In other words, I eat all of the greens first, then whatever protein, and whatever I have room for on top of that, I let myself eat. Usually after eating all of that healthy stuff, I don't have room for much else!
2. Give yourself a break. If you have a night that isn't healthy, don't make drama out of it and then decide that you are hopeless and not eat anything. It is part of living. A resolution is something that we make every day. Just crack a smile and say to yourself, "Ok, today is a new day!"
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