Mention New Year's Resolutions and you're bound to get a reaction. It's a loaded topic; we've all welcomed in the New Year before filled with resolve only to see our good intentions melt away by the end of the month.
Philip Gray understands that. As the Group Fitness Trainer at Equinox South Beach, he is a little unusual. Not only is he a world-class athlete, but he's also a top women's active wear designer, so he knows how important it is to stay fit. But, when it comes to weight, he's faced that struggle himself -- not long ago, he went from 190 to 160 pounds
"When it comes to sticking to New Year's Resolutions, the most important thing is to set realistic goals. Follow your instincts, not what you read in magazines," says Gray.
But the New Year is also the perfect time to build some challenges into your fitness plan, he adds. "If you are accustomed to working out twice a week, make a pledge to work out three times a week. If you usually go on the treadmill for a half-hour, make it 45 minutes. Or add your additional weights to your training route, that sort of thing," says Gray.
As for losing weight --and keeping it off -- Gray stokes up on fruits and veggies, but halves the portions of other foods. "Eat as much of fruits and vegetables as you want, but for the rest of the food, portion control is the key," Gray says.
Also, when you do your New Year's Eve toast, you might want to pass on the champagne in favor of Gray's favorite drink, which is the vodka-laced grapefruit drink known also, aptly enough, as a greyhound. And, here's a tip --it's extra delicious when made with pink grapefruit juice.
More info: Tel. 305-673-1172 or Equinox South Beach