Finding time to stay active – especially now that the dog days of summer are officially over – can be challenging, but Scott Danberg, fitness guru and expert from the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Miami, FL has tips and tricks for staying in shape long after you put the bathing suit away! The key to staying in shape as the hectic schedules of fall and winter get more demanding is to make the most of your work-out time, Scott suggests.
By following these four simple tips, you’ll be able to maintain your beach body, long after the season ends:
1. Frequency counts for fat burning: “Above all, the most important element to fitness is the frequency of exercise bouts during the week, rather than a focus on a single workout” says Scott. “Commitment to a daily 30-minute routine can be more effective than an every-other-day 60-minute routine”.
2. Pump it up: Add resistance training to your daily aerobic workout, suggest Scott, “Muscles burn fat calories and maintain muscle mass to allow your metabolism to hum along at a higher fat-burning rate”.
3. Feed yourself optimal fuel: For optimal performance at high-intensity workouts, eat a high-carbohydrate diet(fiber-rich, whole grain carbohydrates, like fruits, vegetables, whole-wheat pasta, corn on the cob, beans and potatoes), plus non-fat dairy and lean animal protein.
4. Just Move, even when you’re not exercising: Danberg says staying active throughout the day will increase the fat calories you burn. “The secret is to avoid being an exerciser who stays sedentary before and after a workout”. Scott suggests, “if you’re at work, get up from your desk chair every hour or so and walk around the office. Or climb the stairs for 10 minutes a few times a day. Just getting up is beneficial. Every step counts.”
Scott Danberg is the director of Fitness at Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa. He is an avid athlete, fitness coach, wellness educator and designer of customized exercise programs, Danberg has inspired thousands of men and women to make exercise apart of their lives through his work as Director of Fitness at the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Miami, Fla. He has a master's of kinesiology and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Leadership and Education, and he is an adjunct professor for Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla.