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We are almost half way through the Summer (depending of course on how you look at it) and almost to the commencement of the summer Olympics. The Olympics have always provided me with a sense of inspiration of what truly can be achieved by the human body and being. Not doubt much time will be spent during the Olympic coverage on how these amazing athletes train for their particular Olympic sport both on and off-season.

Some of these Olympians utilize various forms of traditional and non-traditional fitness training and some have utilized  the Pilates method for their training – athletes such as Andre Ward (Boxing), Sanya Richards (Running), Julia Mancuso (Swimming), Thomas Finchum (Diving)  just to name a few. The point is that their sport specific training also includes a comprehensive approach to functional fitness, flexibility and health as should yours as a ‘Prime Male’.

So pull up a chair and watch the Olympics and don’t forget to take care of the athlete in you – no matter what your fitness level. Here are a couple of  tips to make the most of your Olympic enjoyment:

*If watching TV ignites your urge to snack – then snack healthy. Watching the Olympics while gorging on chips and dip (unless the chips are baked and the dip something low fat and healthy such as fresh salsa) doesn’t make for a good health and nutrition, allow the Olympics and MacDonald’s to set the poor nutrition example (don’t even get me started on this subject, that will be the topic on another blog). Try some fruit, vegetables, whole grain baked crackers, a little peanut butter, guacamole  – you get the idea.

* Better yet,  why not multi-task while watching the Games. Clear some space,  get down on the floor and do some simple exercises or stretches – such as a side lying bridge to work the abdominals or perhaps holding a plank position, or doing some regular bridges or sit-ups during the commercials.

Enjoy the rest of the summer, the Olympics and your commitment to health and fitness!

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The first part of The Prime Male’s holiday tips for maintaining your health, wellness, exercise and sanity during the holiday season.

Let’s start with some simple tips on how to enjoy holiday parties without overeating or over indulging.

1) Don’t drink your calories. Not only do holiday parties include indulgent foods, they will also include opportunities to share in the holiday cheer by toasting with your friends and co-workers. Set a limit for your liquid libations before you arrive at the party. Not only does alcohol add to your bottom line caloric intake, it also could prove detrimental to your health and well being when you get behind the wheel of a car – drink smart please!

2) Go for passed Hors d’Oeuvres – and not the buffet line. These food usually tend to be the tastiest and come with their own built in method of control. Meaning: put the buffet plate down and eat at a slower pace. Oh and by the way, while you’re at it – don’t hover around the buffet.

3) Use a small plate or a napkin, this will help you at limiting your portion size.

4) Save room for dessert – if you like sweets. Limit your portions of the appetizers or buffet then you can leave room for some sweet indulgences without actually over indulging.

5) Drink lots of water, not only during the party as this will help keep you full and hydrated, but also during the day of the party

6) Enjoy the company of friends and colleagues – take the time to actually allow yourself to enjoy the spirit of the season no matter what your religious persuasion is – or isn’t.