When football season arrives, there seems to be a different type of energy floating around in the air. Saturdays and Sundays are filled with large quantities of beer and food; not to mention, Football 101 Series every second Saturday of the month. After that, there will be a lot of sitting in front of the TV most of the day using the information just learned about. Your waistline won’t be affected if you skip a workout or indulge every now and then. However, for 22 plus weeks indulging in football style food (chips, dip, pizza, wings…you know fattening food) could lead to weight gain. Sorry, its just part of the process when you love the game.
But, instead of sabotaging your healthy routine, why not do something about it. Make healthier options and incorporate exercises throughout the day. Give these 4 ideas a try next time you find yourself glued to the couch watching football.
1. Veggies Galore
We all like to munch on crunchy snacks while watching football. (Maybe it’s just me, but it helps ease my nerves when my team is cutting it close). However, chips and dip is not the best option, especially when the whole bag can be devoured in the span of a few hours. Why not swap the chips for nutritious veggies? Put all sorts of bright colors on the table. Its eye catching and full of flavor to lay out carrots, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes or broccoli. If you want to use a dip make sure it’s reduced-fat.
2. Grill Master
Swap the Buffalo wings for lean chicken breast. Chicken breast (without skin) is a great source of protein and a better option than fatty, breaded wings. To get your Buffalo wing fix, grab your favorite hot sauce and drizzle it on the chicken as it grills on the BBQ. Mmmmmm…
Beer and football seems to be the trendy thing. However, for every beer you drink have a glass of water. Try to limit your beer intake as beer packs on your calorie intake. Have water with fruit (especially the color of your favorite team) slices in a pitcher. It’s easy to make and it’s full of flavor.
4. Get Moving
During every commercial break try one of these four moves. These exercises will help balance out the food you eat during the games with a good anaerobic workout.
Commercial Break 1) Wind Sprints
Just stand in place and sprint as fast as you can for the first commercial. Then rest for the next commercial. Begin sprinting at the start of the third commercial. Repeat until commercial break is over. Challenge yourself, every five seconds touch the ground with either your right hand, left hand or both. (This gets really fun when competing with others).
Commercial Break 2) Squats
In a standing position, squat down until your thighs are parallel with the ground and then straighten. Make sure your arms are straight out. This is precisely what you do. Hold for three seconds and repeat. Do this for 1 commercial, and then rest for a commercial.
Commercial Break 3) Push-Ups
Lay down and make sure your arms are a little wider than shoulder width apart. Make you’re your hands are aligned with your chest. Legs are straight out, core and gluteus are tight. Lower your body, hold for two seconds and push up. (Option: Drop to your knees if a traditional push-up is a bit challenging). Start with 10, eventually you will be able to do more. Keep pushing yourself.
Commercial Break 4) Planks
In a plank position—elbows on the ground, legs out, feet touch, squeeze your gluteus and core. Hold for 1 commercial, and then rest for a commercial. If you want to do a competition, see who can hold it the longest.
By this point, it’s time to repeat these moves and start over at commercial break 1. Do this for the entire game.
By utilizing these 4 tips, you can win the football season 14. That’s 14 ponds lost, not gained and continue to enjoy your healthy lifestyle.