A Fitness Trainer's Tricks To Stay Fit

As a fitness trainer, people often ask me what I do to stay fit. Some people think I never indulge in anything sweet or have a cocktail. 

I advocate a healthy and realistic lifestyle and live one too. I live by 90/10 rule. I try to stick to healthy habits 90% of the time and allow for some indulgence 10% of the time. 

Here are some of my other tricks to stay fit.

1. Try a green smoothie for breakfast. 

Mix frozen banana and pineapple, almond milk, coconut extract, kale and spinach. Stuff all of the ingredients in the blender for a smoothie with vitamins A and C, calcium, fiber, folic acid, magnesium and other nutrients. With all the greens, you will be loaded with energy.

2. Never go more than two days in a row without working out. 

Use my two-day rule: I never go more than two days in a row without exercise. Since I often travel, I still follow the rule. I run the stairs in an office building if I have to.

3. Swap your favorite indulgence for something healthier. 

I love ice cream, but most of the time I will substitute it with Greek yogurt sweetened with Truvia and add dark chocolate chips, berries and walnuts.

4. To tackle munchies, I snack on popcorn. 

Skip the microwaveable and movie theater kind and make your own air-popped popcorn at home. I make six quarts and I can literally eat the whole thing. But even if you succumb to the whole thing, it’s only 500 calories, full of fiber, and my kids usually wrestle some away from me.

5. Choose a cocktail that isn’t loaded with calories. 

My drink of choice is red wine. A five-ounce glass typically has about 125 calories, much lower in calories than many other alcoholic beverages. A margarita can have up to 800 calories! Red wine also has antioxidants, making it good for your heart. Liquid calories add up fast, so opt for one glass only.

6. Don’t go to parties hungry. 

Don’t make the mistake of saving up your calories for the end of the day when you head to a party. When you're hungry, your resolve (and thus portion control) goes out the window. Plus, you're setting yourself up to eat more than you should if you go to a party thinking you sacrificed all day so you can really indulge. I always make sure to eat normally the day of a party and then fill my plate up once with my favorite appetizers and then stop eating.

7. Hydrate all day long. 

I carry a refillable, stainless steel water bottle with me to drink water throughout the day. It’s easy and convenient and cuts back on landfills.

8. Be prepared. 

It’s always good to keep healthy snacks on you—especially if your schedule is crazy. I make apple cinnamon energy bars and freeze them so they are easy to grab on the go.

Try some of these trainer tricks and you will reap the rewards. What about you? What tricks work for you?  

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About the Author

Chris Freytag is a nationally recognized fitness expert, public speaker, contributing editor to Prevention magazine and an author. Her latest books are Get Started with Weight Loss, and Get Started with Clean Eating (and a vegetarian version). Chris also has a healthy cookbook titled, CHOOSE THIS! Chris shares her tips weekly on the Minneapolis NBC affiliate and has appeared on the Today Showand Lifetime TV. She has dozens of workout DVDs; the latest is her ACE HIIT series. Chris is passionate about helping people live healthier lives, and works with adults, kids, and athletes, as well as several nonprofit organizations helping youth get active. Live life from a positive place and Love Your Body!

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