On a regular basis, eating right at home is one obstacle. Maintaining a decent workout schedule is another. Throw the holiday season (cakes, chocolates and confectionaries) into the mix, and it can create a recipe for dieting disaster — as if candy canes and a plethora of parties aren’t tempting enough! Leave the plate of decorative cookies and sweets for Santa, and get moving with some help from these three Latino celebrity trainers:
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Ruben Belliard, 36, Warrior Fitness Boot Camp, in Midtown NYC & Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The Dominican Warrior Fitness Boot Camp founder and lead trainer specializes in obstacle course training, calisthenics, circuit training, HIIT and other exercises. His celebrity clients know a thing or two about cooking — and eating. They include chefs Bobby Flay and Alex Guarnaschelli and former reality stars Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca.
An easy move to stay healthy during the holidays: “Obstacle courses can also be easy DIY activities to do with friends, family, and even children during the holidays — not to mention a great bonding activity when family is in town,” says Belliard. “Set up a few hurdles using items laying around the house, pull out the old underused hula hoop, or make the best of outdoor playground equipment to find ways to creatively engage both your mind and your muscles.”
An easy tip to stay healthy during the holidays: “There are plenty of fun ways to exercise – especially when you’re around family – so ignore the misconception that exercise is a chore, and think of it instead as a bonding activity,” says Belliard. “Instead of going out for drinks, try inviting a family member you haven’t spent time with in a while to a new boutique fitness class, or just out on a run! Studies have proven that exercising together is a way to tighten personal bonds, and there’s no better time than the holiday season.”