Saturday, February 6, 2010

Superbowl Mania, Superbowl Fitness

Are you ready for some football? Many Americans will be enjoying this event that‘s typically known for buffalo wings, pizza and beer. But for those who may want to keep their waistlines in check, some simple strategies will do.

1.Pre-Superbowl Party Workout: going to the party, work it out early and train like you’re ready to hit the gridiron yourself! Try some fat-blasting interval training by incorporating higher intense peaks in your work-out followed by lower intense recovery periods. An example of this would be: In between weight sets, rather than sitting and resting, whip out the jump rope and jump for 30 seconds. On the treadmill? Sprint for 30 seconds and follow it up with a 1 minute jog as your recovery. A couple of rounds of these intervals will help to increase your calorie burn and will also allow you to burn a few more calories post-workout. Bonus!

2.Healthy Snacks: yes, there will be a healthy (loosely used) dose of junk food, but if you can, contribute to the party snacks by bringing a few of your own. Try baked chips and salsa or pita chips with hummus. These fun snacks are lower in calories and fat and will help to keep you from overindulging on the other stuff.

3.Don’t Go to the Party Hungry: the hungrier you are, the more likely you will binge. Eat before you go to help keep your appetite in check.

4.Portion Control: you’ve heard me say this many times before, moderation is everything! Use smaller sized plates or use the one-napkin rule. If it can’t fit on the napkin, then it’s too much. Take your time eating your food while you’re enjoying the game.

5.Watch Alcohol Consumption: hidden calories are found here and can add up quickly. Low-cal drinks are always a plus but, pace yourself and space out your drinks. Try drinking a glass or two of water in between your drinks.

Don’t spend your day stressing over what you’re eating, enjoy the day, enjoy the game and most of all enjoy the companionship of those around you.

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