An Expert Weighs in On Holiday Weight Gain

by Nicole Dorsey Straff

Celebrity fitness trainer Joel Harper shares resolution solutions to fitness.

ND13_JoelHarper_01Getting through the holidays without packing on the pounds is Joel Harper’s training specialty. For 18 years, he’s provided famous clients—Dr. Mehmet Oz, A-list celebs and Olympic medalists—with highly customized nutrition programs and weight loss regimens to inspire wellness goals all year ‘round. Harper just released Joel Harper’s Fit Pack Total, a DVD with 17 de-stressing workouts that leave you feeling energized and stress-free, and may be the perfect gift to give yourself this season.

This year Harper is roasting chestnuts (and some vegan proteins) over an open fire while Jack Frost nips at his nose, and drops for 50. Here are Harper’s simple tips for staying in shape over the holidays.

Track Your Progress

Nothing is more inspiring to a newfound exerciser than constant positive feedback.

Harper says a tricked-out sports watch is the ultimate stocking stuffer, especially one that spits out your inspiring pace, calories and mileage stats. Harper recommends the TomTom watch:

Have It Your Whey

Harper says it’s difficult to find chemical-free protein powders and supplements that are organic and earth-friendly. Whey isolate is vegan and gluten-free, and made from the highest quality proteins in order to build leaner muscles and stoke your stamina. Try TwinLab’s CleanSeries, formulated without artificial colors, flavors or fake sweeteners.

Make It Quick

Even if you can only swing a few minutes per day of body sculpting or stretching until the ruckus dies down, there’s no excuse to skip a fledgling routine while so many workouts highlight short 5- to 10-minute sessions you can do anywhere.

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