Chicago Fitness Trainer Tips For A Healthy, Happy New Year’s Celebration

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Chicago Fitness Trainer Craig Kastning offers tips for having a healthier, happier New Year’s celebration than last year. He also would like to let Chicagoans know about a special end-of-the-year promotion, where people get fitness testing, nutrition counseling and a week of group fitness boot camp classes for $1

Chicagoans certainly know how to party. This year, the Hard Rock Hotel is hosting a party with American Idol Lee DeWyze in attendance. Rapper / DJ Lil Jon will be hanging out with 5,000 people at the Rosemont Ballroom. The American Heart Association’s Victory Ball 2012 will be offering six hours of open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Fine diners will congregate at Charlie Trotter’s, where tickets sell for $295 a head, or the Board Room’s Playhouse, where $100,000 buys partiers dinner for twenty at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, three bottles of tequila, four bottles of vodka, a bottle of champagne, a private limo and a first class vacation to Miami. Despite all the alluring parties, there will still be many residents who want a more modest and healthier New Year’s Eve celebration that won’t leave them feeling guilty.

Chicago Health Club Trainer Craig Kastning of Chi-Town Boot Camps has these tips to offer:

  •     People who don’t want to teetotal can enjoy a glass of champagne for just 100 calories per five ounce serving. Wines like Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, White Zin, Merlot, and Cabernet Savignon also have about 100 calories.
  •     Count calories, estimating 100 per shot of vodka, whiskey, or rum – plus about 140 calories if soda is added. Instead of Coca-Cola or Sprite, vodka goes well with soda water, which has 0 calories! (Remember that soda water is not the same as tonic water, which has about 83 calories.)
  •     Stay away from liqueurs, creamy drinks, eggnogs or Irish coffee, which can easily deliver 200 or more calories.
  •     Also avoid martinis and margaritas, which can run the gamut from 200 to 800 calories.
  •     Throwing a splash of orange or cranberry juice into drinks has added nutritional benefits.
  •     Drink from a narrow flute to feel as though the glass is fuller.

When it comes to food, the Chicago fitness trainer has this advice:

  •     Eat before going out, preferably a high-fiber snack with protein that will lead to better satiety.
  •     Avoid fried foods and puff pastries.
  •     Wait to hit the buffet until it’s been mostly picked over.
  •     Choose a small buffet plate and opt for one or two indulgences, filling the rest with veggies.
  •     Don’t beat yourself up over a nibble of cheese, nuts, dark chocolates, or healthy fats.
  •     Exercise on New Year’s Day and avoid foods with fat or sugar to detox your body.

Chi-Town Boot Camps is gearing up for a busy 2012. “The last week of December is a bit like the calm before the storm,” Kastning admits. “That’s why I always tell people, ‘If you want to guarantee a Chicago personal trainer will be available for you, then get started just before the holiday hits so you’re already on file. Naturally you’ll get first dibs on training sessions, should you desire them – not to mention, we have a great promotion going on right now where you get nutrition counseling and a week of boot camp for $1. You just can’t beat that!”

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