Can we stay fit and still have a social life?
I am about as orthodox as a badger in a pink bikini, so it may not surprise you when I say that my methods for staying fit and active are a lot less stressful than most would have to endure. Firstly I love to train, secondly you don’t need to give up your entire life to become a better version of yourself. Balance is the most important thing in fitness.
I’m not religious, I have no kids, no partner and I live alone but I am setting up two businesses, have a health condition to look after and also train very hard, so me telling you how I do things personally is not going to be relative to your situation, but I can tell you that I still have a social life and enjoy the weekends.
However, I do understand that trying to keep everybody else happy is stressful and you don’t want to miss out on the fun, but let’s throw out the common misconception that we must sacrifice our fun in order to get achieve or maintain results.
Put the stress down
I see too many people get stressed over things that are supposed to compliment your life, yet it doesn’t have to be that way. Try these tips and you will be surprised how effective they are when it comes to regulating calories and staying active.
Keep your spirits up. A typical pint of beer (17 Oz) contains about 200kcal and a 250ml (8.5 Oz) glass of wine contains 228 kcal, if you were to have 5 of either of these drinks in one night then you can easily reach 1000 calories atop of all the food you consumed that day.
On average men burn 100 calories per hour and women burn slightly less, so you can see where the problem lies. Especially if your goals are weight management or fat loss!
If you were to choose spirits instead you can greatly reduce the number of calories consumed on a night out with friends, a 25ml shot or short spirit is around 60kcal and if you have this with a sugar-free mixer (diet coke etc) then you won’t be adding any more calories to it. ( I am not debating the topic of artificial sweeteners today, although I know some readers are against them, if so stick to the refined sugar versions and you will still reduce calories compared to wine/beer!)
Also another bonus of lowering your sugar intake from alcohol consumption means your brain will develop less cravings for sugar, so when you are hungover and you won’t feel the need to hunt down as much sugary junk food to ‘cure’ your current state.
Please drink responsibly, don’t translate this tip into thinking less calories means you can drink twice as many units of alcohol.
Get your boogie on
I have been known to do press ups on dance floors and at the most inappropriate times when out with friends, I certainly don’t recommend trying that but dancing is a great way to burn calories and get some cardio in and have fun while doing it.
A night on the tiles is fun exercise if you like to dance and a lot more enjoyable than fasted cardio, If you dance moderately for an hour on a night out you can burn a good number of calories, so don’t be a wall hugger and show us your moves!
Today was a bit of a fun topic but I’m not here to ask you to give up your fun, I just want to offer a little insight into how little alterations over a prolonged period can be effective and that is how any fitness lifestyle should be addressed.
These two simple tips can really mean the difference between 2-3000 kcal lost or gained per week over the weekend for the social ones among us. Find alternatives instead of giving up everything you enjoy, then when Monday comes you won’t feel like you have to ‘start all over again’.
Thanks for reading.