Tips for surviving the holiday season while keeping fit.

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Ken Hunt is an AFI-certified trainer and owner of Steel Gym in New York City. Ken’s articles have been featured in The New York Times, Compete, Horizon Barcelona, LaCosmopolatina, Dignity, Men's Fitness, Genre, HX, Stonewall News and EXIT South Africa, and he’s a frequent guest on Sirius OutQ Radio. Ken also travels the country lecturing on physical fitness and sharing his work-out secrets. He is currently finishing his new book “ The Hunt for Fitness,” working an a new cable TV project. Steel Gym has been named one of the top 5 gyms in the U.S. by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. Steel is also ranked as the "#1 Gym in New York" by the American Fitness Institute for "cost, cleanliness, equipment and service," and has been called "the last real gym left in New York" by famed bodybuilder Victor Martinez. For the second year in a row Steel was awarded both the Talk Of The Town Award for outstanding customer service, and received the New York Award for Physical Fitness. The gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St, New York, NY 212.352.9876 http://www.steelgym.com Steel Gym has been named one of the top 5 gyms in the U.S. by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. Steel is also ranked as the "#1 Gym in New York" by the American Fitness Institute for "cost, cleanliness, equipment and service," and has been called "the last real gym left in New York" by famed bodybuilder Victor Martinez. For the second year in a row Steel was awarded both the Talk Of The Town Award for outstanding customer service, and received the New York Award for Physical Fitness. Steel Gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St, New York, NY http://steelgym.com

By Ken Hunt

They’re Baaaaaaaccccck   The Holidays Are Upon Us!

How are you going to handle the enormous amounts of delicious, fattening foods that go hand in hand with the holidays?

Learning to deal with the mass quantities of fattening food doesn’t have to be painful. Instead, get to the root of the holiday munchies:

Take the stress away.
Stress causes many of us to overeat. This year, cut out a few of the more stressful holiday events. It is OK to say, “No.” For example, put your foot down and don’t travel during the holidays. You are entitled to enjoy the holidays at home too.

Spending too much on gifts can also be an unneeded stress. Try telling relatives you’d like to cut down on gift giving this year… just tell the plain truth – money is tight,
Whatever the source of your stress, nail it down and remove it. And throw the guilt out the window.

Focus on holiday activities, not holiday food. Go ice-skating, or read a favorite holiday book.
Replace some of your high calorie holiday foods with low calorie or healthier options. Replace cookies with fruit, replace rich candies with nuts.
Put limits on what you allow yourself to eat.
Allow yourself 1-2 cookies of each different batch and then give the rest away to family, friends, and ex-boyfriends—better that they should be fat.

If you receive many baked goods as gifts – freeze them or bring them to work or serve them only when guests come over.

Going to a party? Don’t starve yourself all day so you can eat more at the party. You’ll end up eating the high fat foods to compensate. Need a dish to pass? Bring a healthy dish – like a fruit tray or a vegetable dish. Eat a variety of foods in smaller quantities.
Need to munch? Hang out at the fruit and vegetable trays. Your choice of beverage can make or break your entire day. Eggnog is the traditional diet killer.

At the gym, increase your time on the treadmill or elliptical .  If you usually do 30 minutes try increasing it another 10 minutes.  If you have fallen into a pattern and use the same program, change it up a bit. –increase the incline and increase your speed.  Make this minor changes and you can enjoy a few more cookies at holiday time.

Adopt a new holiday philosophy that will change your life and your holiday eating habits: Take control –both mentally and physically.   And once you begin, it will get easier.

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Ken Hunt is an AFI-certified trainer and owner of Steel Gym in New York City. Ken’s articles have been featured in The New York Times, Compete, Horizon Barcelona, LaCosmopolatina, Dignity, Men's Fitness, Genre, HX, Stonewall News and EXIT South Africa, and he’s a frequent guest on Sirius OutQ Radio. Ken also travels the country lecturing on physical fitness and sharing his work-out secrets. He is currently finishing his new book “ The Hunt for Fitness,” working an a new cable TV project. Steel Gym has been named one of the top 5 gyms in the U.S. by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. Steel is also ranked as the "#1 Gym in New York" by the American Fitness Institute for "cost, cleanliness, equipment and service," and has been called "the last real gym left in New York" by famed bodybuilder Victor Martinez. For the second year in a row Steel was awarded both the Talk Of The Town Award for outstanding customer service, and received the New York Award for Physical Fitness. The gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St, New York, NY 212.352.9876 http://www.steelgym.com Steel Gym has been named one of the top 5 gyms in the U.S. by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. Steel is also ranked as the "#1 Gym in New York" by the American Fitness Institute for "cost, cleanliness, equipment and service," and has been called "the last real gym left in New York" by famed bodybuilder Victor Martinez. For the second year in a row Steel was awarded both the Talk Of The Town Award for outstanding customer service, and received the New York Award for Physical Fitness. Steel Gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St, New York, NY http://steelgym.com
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Ken Hunt is an AFI-certified trainer and owner of Steel Gym in New York City. Ken’s articles have been featured in The New York Times, Compete, Horizon Barcelona, LaCosmopolatina, Dignity, Men's Fitness, Genre, HX, Stonewall News and EXIT South Africa, and he’s a frequent guest on Sirius OutQ Radio. Ken also travels the country lecturing on physical fitness and sharing his work-out secrets. He is currently finishing his new book “ The Hunt for Fitness,” working an a new cable TV project. Steel Gym has been named one of the top 5 gyms in the U.S. by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. Steel is also ranked as the "#1 Gym in New York" by the American Fitness Institute for "cost, cleanliness, equipment and service," and has been called "the last real gym left in New York" by famed bodybuilder Victor Martinez. For the second year in a row Steel was awarded both the Talk Of The Town Award for outstanding customer service, and received the New York Award for Physical Fitness. The gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St, New York, NY 212.352.9876 http://www.steelgym.com Steel Gym has been named one of the top 5 gyms in the U.S. by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. Steel is also ranked as the "#1 Gym in New York" by the American Fitness Institute for "cost, cleanliness, equipment and service," and has been called "the last real gym left in New York" by famed bodybuilder Victor Martinez. For the second year in a row Steel was awarded both the Talk Of The Town Award for outstanding customer service, and received the New York Award for Physical Fitness. Steel Gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St, New York, NY http://steelgym.com

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