Fitness Model Janine Leishear’s Tips on Staying Fit During the Holidays
WHETHER SHE’S GRACING the covers of national fitness magazines or being photographed for lingerie campaigns, professional fitness model Janine Leishear depends on her flawless figure. But even this Philadelphia glamazon has trouble resisting temptation during the holidays. “Maintaining my body weight is a way of life for me,” she says. Here she shares her tried-and-true ways to stay in shape, even after a little indulgence at the dinner table.
Stay Away from Alcohol
“Your body processes alcohol first, leaving carbohydrates to be stored as fat. A glass of wine contains anywhere from 125 to 250 calories; I’m not a math teacher, but I know that if I have two or three glasses, it adds up to 20 minutes more on the spin bike.”
Work Out Away from Home
“If holiday traveling interrupts your exercise routine, find ways to keep it going. Seek out gym options before you travel, and map out where you will train. Go online and find nearby parks and trails to take your workout outdoors. I keep my in-line skates in my car at all times; no matter where I travel, I can always find somewhere to skate.”
Exchange your Calories
“In other words, you can have Grandma’s cheesy scalloped potatoes, but not with a big glass of sugary soda.”
Stock Up on Almonds
“I take them with me everywhere I go. They’re high in protein, contain good fats to keep my skin healthy and are a great substitute for unhealthy snacks.”
“This time of year can be incredibly stressful, which can lead to overeating. Find ways to unwind that work for you; I like to get a massage.”
Have Your Cake - and Eat it Too
“French women don’t deprive themselves of great shoes or rich sweets. I model with a lot of European girls, and the best lesson I’ve learned from them is that if you want a piece of cheesecake, just have it—but only two bites. It satisfies the craving, but you won’t kill yourself with calories.”
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