It’s that time of year again.  It’s time to see exactly how much damage you did to your waistline during the holidays.  Bravely step on the scale and see where your new starting point is on the road to a healthier you.  Don’t despair if things look grim.  Here are four simple personal trainer tips that will help you get back on track for the New Year.

  1.  Throw away or freeze all the left over goodies and treats.  PURGE THE KITCHEN!  Those extra goodies are difficult to resist when they are staring you in the face, so get rid of them.  Chances are if they are still hanging around you either made too many, or they are the ones that aren’t your favorite anyway.
  2. Get back to your normal exercise routine.  Ditch the excuses and add in one or two days a week where you bump up the intensity in your workout for an even bigger caloric burn.
  3. Take slow steps when getting back down to your preholiday weight.  Remember losing .5-2 lbs a week is what is recommended for safe, long term weight loss.  Now is not the time to try out a quick fix, fad diet or pump yourself full of hormone shots.  Weight loss boils down to a simple math equation:  calories consumed < calories expended = weight loss!  So log your food and get moving.
  4. Create healthy lifestyle habits and stop focusing on the number on the scale.  Include in your lifestyle plan, healthy eating, proper amounts of sleep, regular exercise, stress management techniques, and daily stretching. 

Sophie Pratola
Personally Trained By Sophie