[highlight color=”grey”]By Ariane Lavigne (World Cup Snowboard Racer, Tremblant ambassador and dietitian).[/highlight]
The holiday season is over and it’s now time to make resolutions, which are often very drastic and unrealistic. Overnight you want to start a miraculous diet and plan daily intense workouts. Be careful! Yes it can be effective for a few days, or even for a few weeks, but the risk of burnout and dropout is elevated. Rather than trying to change everything, it’s better to perceive January as the beginning of new habits to take, one at a time, in order to keep them.
- Eat more veggies and fruits, less starchy food (pasta, rice, potato) and dessert
- Eat more often, but in smaller portions
- Add spices and fresh herbs to your meal, less fat and salty/commercial seasoning
- Drink more water and tea, less alcohol, juice and pop
- Be more active, and spend less time watching TV or on your computer
The goal is to evolve over the months, to progress and to keep on going!
Happy New Year!
Share YOUR resolutions and objectives, and YOUR tricks to stay motivated and on the track!
Approximate energy expenditure of few physical activities
Sport Calories per hour
Cross-country skiing, moderate intensity
Cross-country skiing, high intensity (skating, backcountry)
Snowshoeing, moderate intensity
Alpine skiing/snowboarding, moderate intensity (active time only)
Alpine skiing snowboarding, high intensity
Skating, moderate intensity
* Based on an average person weighing 150 pounds (68 kg). Source: Compendium 2011 d’activités physiques.