Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ready? Set? How to get fit for summer now.

With summer around the corner, Darren Capik, CEO of Watch It Now Entertainment (WIN) and producer of countless workout DVDs including Bob Harper, Jane Fonda, Billy Blanks, Richard Simmons, Kim Kardashian, Julianne Hough, Brooke Burke, Tara Stiles, Deepak Chopra, George St Pierre and Carmen Electra, has provided fitness and nutrition tips to help prepare everyone for the summer months ahead. Capik has compiled top tips from countless fitness authorities that he has worked with and a few from his expertise as well.

Top fitness and nutrition tips:
  • Get creative. Busy at work? Change your social and eating habits to promote healthy lifestyle changes. Instead of eating a heavy lunch, pack lunch or a snack and go for a walk on your lunch break. Snack on fruit or veggies or drink a protein shake while enjoying a brisk walk. Break the stressful workday and feel refreshed and invigorated in the afternoon.
  • Plan your meals ahead of time. Plan meals a week in advance so that you have adequate time to grocery shop and have fresh, healthy foods available instead of scrounging up what you have in your refrigerator at the last minute and facing the problem of not having all necessary ingredients.
  • Eat 5 – 6 small meals a day rather than 2 – 3 big meals. Each meal should have 200 – 400 calories and contain carbs and protein.
  • Schedule exercise dates with a friend or family member in advance so you cannot skip out at the last minute.
  • Relax in the sun. When you have downtime try to spend as much time as you can in the sun. The sun does wonders for our bodies; it can cure diseases, replenish your vitamin D stores and make you feel good.
  • Commit to cardio. There are many options to choose from cycling, running, cardio machines at the gym and group fitness classes, just to name a few.
  • Write out a plan and take photos of yourself. When starting your fitness regimen, write down exactly what you plan to accomplish and what types of exercises you plan on doing. Take photos of yourself and record your initial weight and continue to do this each week.
  • Get outside and exercise. Bike, rollerblade, walk the dog or walk around the neighborhood, getting some fresh air as you exercise.
  • WIN helped Kim Kardashian brand herself with her "Fit In Your Jeans by Friday" DVD

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