As Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season approaches, you may fear for your diet and fitness routine. It can be easy to fall behind on workout routines, indulge in more food and relaxation time, and possibly end up sending yourself backward on your fitness journey! However, some simple steps can be taken to help decrease the negative impact of your upcoming Thanksgiving feast, giving you the room to enjoy the holiday while also avoiding a bigger setback:

1 – Don’t focus on appetizers and finger food! If your Thanksgiving dinner starts with appetizers earlier on, then try to pass or skimp on them in order to focus on the real meal. These are both extra calories to digest as well as harmful to your appetite for the main course.

2 – Pass on buns, rolls, and other types of bread. These extra sources of butter, flour, and carbs are not only potentially harmful to your diet, but they can also work to distract from the main course. Who wants to fill their appetite too quickly on another aspect of the meal that isn’t the main focus? Moreover, saving this room for meats, vegetables, and other foods can prove more nutritious.

3 – Try to skimp on gravy, sweet sauces, butter, and other holiday extras! These meal add-ons are often full of sugars, fats, and extra calories that can weigh down the effects of the meal as a whole. Focusing on limiting or avoiding them is best!

4 – Avoid the dark meat and skin of the turkey. Both of these parts are high in fat, especially the skin, in varying intensities depending on how it’s cooked. The lighter meat is far preferable, with fewer fats and calories.

These small steps can make a large impact on your Thanksgiving food intake, limiting the negative effects of the meal. If continued throughout the holiday season, they can surely make a difference in helping you avoid an all-around fitness setback. This, coupled with the continuation of your regular workout routine, can ensure you only continue to move forward. Count on Platinum Fitness to get you through the season!

It’s no secret that what you eat and when is important, but sometimes time or lack of planning can make people lose focus of this. For instance, while it may occur to some people to eat a balanced meal before hitting the gym, not everyone sits down to a proper meal. Some may only grab a granola bar or a quick bottle of water as they run out the door or even pick up fast food along the way, but this can be detrimental to your workout efforts.

Nutrition is a key component of not only your daily routine but also your workout schedule– it’s time to start treating it as such! Eating well can help you to perform better and assist your body in recovering faster! Let us talk you through the three kinds of food you should be using to kickstart your workout and earn you these benefits:

1 – Carbs – Carbs are a major source of energy for your body! Your muscles take the glucose from carbs to fuel you, so ensuring you have plenty in your system is key. The amount needed will depend on the length and intensity of your workout plans, but this nutrient remains important regardless.

2 – Proteins – Protein is known to help improve many sorts of athletic performance, but it also carries other benefits you should capitalize on! This includes increased muscle growth and recovery, more strength, and better overall muscle performance. Proteins are key in both making the most of your muscles and helping to protect and help them recover.

3 – Fats – Alongside carbs, fats are another important source of fuel for your body! This is a key nutrient, needed especially during longer or moderate/low-intensity workout sessions. For athletes or those maintaining a continuous workout routine, fat is important to include in your diet, not only before workouts but overall.

Eating before a workout is key, but when you do so is also important to consider! The optimal meal would be 2-3 hours before a workout session, with carbs, protein, and fat present to fuel you. However, the closer you get to your workout, the less important it is to include fats in what you eat, in order to favor good digestion. Therefore, for when you eat closer to your gym time, focus on getting carbs, some protein, and avoiding the fats. To learn more, let the experts at Platinum Fitness guide you in our ongoing blog or come in to see us today!

Join us in celebrating the New Year by welcoming 2018 with new goals and resolutions! Making new goals to abide by in the new year is all about coming up with achievable goals, creating a workable plan, and reaching out to resources that will help you along the way. When it comes to your fitness and physical training needs, our three Platinum Fitness locations are here and ready to help you make resolutions to follow through with!

Whether your goals are focused on nutrition, improving your physical fitness level, or even achieving body image goals, we’re here to help you along the way. Staying active and maintaining a healthy body are both strong goals to start with, then adjustments can be made depending on your current fitness and health. If you’re working on achieving body improvement goals, then consider what areas you’d most like to work on, or which you’ve been neglecting the most in your current routine. These may be the best areas to really focus in on and to prioritize in your routine!

The beauty of Platinum Fitness extends well beyond the fact that we have 3 locations catering to all of Tucson. We also offer a wide variety of classes and fitness options to choose from. To name just a few:

· We are one of the few remaining Tucson locations for the Silver Sneakers Program .

· CrossFit is a global phenomenon that challenges the world’s fittest but is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect program for any committed individual, regardless of their experience. At our Golf Links location, we house Crossfit East Tucson.

· We have our Studio Fit classes at all locations which are a great way to kick-start your fitness resolution with a certified trainer at the helm.

Our FREE 7-day pass is a great way to come in and experience all of the Platinum Fitness offerings. Our trainers are here to help you not only achieve, but to make plans based on your personal goals. We’re ready to help personalize your gym experience, and to work alongside you this new year.

If fitness is a goal of yours then you should consider making it an important part of your new year’s resolutions! Stand by your goals by having a workable plan, designed just for you with the help of all that we have to offer. At Platinum we are all about serving your needs and achieving your goals, so come in to any of our locations today to get started!

The start of the holiday season brings many temptations— temptation to stay comfortable at home instead of working out, to eat all of the festive dishes instead of watching for your nutrition, and to overall lose track of your fitness and health goals in order to celebrate. Celebrating throughout the holiday season doesn’t mean you have let your goals pass you by unattained! If you keep track of your holiday meal nutrition and your physical training, then you don’t have to face this common setback.

While it may be tempting to reach for that extra slice of pie or to lose track of what you’re putting into your system with the big holiday meals ahead, try instead to really think about the goals you’ve set and how this time can play into helping them rather than deter them. Staying on track doesn’t have to mean completely avoiding holiday meals — enjoy the festive foods, but stay aware of how much and what you’re taking in to keep yourself balanced and on track. You can even make your holiday plans with these needs in mind, pick a menu that will ultimately help you in achieving your nutrition goals, and try new recipes that will bring you that same warm holiday feeling without the guilt.

For example, try looking into different Paleo cookbooks or blogs. Many recipes still include the holiday, comfort food staples such as your holiday ham, chicken, potatoes and dinner rolls, but they cut out the ingredients that weigh you down. If you’re interested in checking out some options for new recipes, one author who is active online and on the shelves is Danielle Walker. She actually has a cookbook that goes through holiday traditional recipes in order of the year, her recipe for a holiday ham can be found here .

Nutrition coupled with training is the perfect combo to stave off holiday weight gain or losing your fitness progress. Physical training will keep your momentum up and balance all that you may eat this time of year. With your fitness goals in mind, step into the holidays with the mindset that this season is not unlike the rest when it comes to gym schedule obligations! Stay ahead by keeping to your schedule and viewing the holiday season as a special time to enjoy with those closest to you, but ultimately it’s just like any other day when you hit the gym. 

As you know, at Platinum Fitness, we are not a revolving door. When we say that we mean that our members and their goals are our priority and are our goals too. We want you to enjoy the holidays without guilt and go into the new year on track rather than having to start over again. Don’t be afraid to vent to your trainer or the front desk about the temptations you’re facing at the holiday parties, we are all here for the common goal of attaining a platinum level of health and fitness, so your struggles are our struggles and we are here to fight through them with you.

If you’re looking for a place to kick-start your physical training needs or help with maintaining your goals as a whole, then check out our offerings at Platinum Fitness! You can even share the gift of fitness with your friends and loved ones to help keep you motived as a team this holiday season! Check out our free 7-day memberships to get started, or give us a call today!