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Rugby star sprints ahead in expat fitness
By Justin Harper, The Telegraph
Ex-England player James Forrester starts military fitness company getting foreign workers in Singapore into shape.
A former England rugby international has scored a big success off the field after setting up his own sports business in Asia.
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By Rob O’Brien, AsianCorrespondent.Com
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James Forresters Top 5 Tips To Stay Healthy And Fit This Christmas
Over indulging over the festive season is inevitable…glasses of champagne replace the late afternoon coffee and work lunches can quickly turn into food fiestas. This time of the year rocks, however it can also be the period were the kilos creep up on us, and the New Year is welcomed in a little heavier then anticipated.
Wanting some sound advice on ways to resist temptation and stay as fit and as healthy as possible over the Christmas season, we enlisted the expertise of James Forrester ex-England International and Gloucester rugby player – now current Singapore 7’s coach and co-owner of successful UFIT gym and boot camps.
Relocating to Singapore over three years ago when an injury ended his professional rugby career, Forrester adjusted from a life in the limelight as a rugby star, shifting focus too improve the health and fitness of those living in the Lion City.
UFIT has now become the biggest boot camp brand in Singapore running over ninety per month and it’s Amoy Street studio is home to twenty personal trainers whom train clients daily. Forrester believes that the tropical weather in Singapore is a huge draw card when it comes to training as it enables people to exercise outdoors all year round, and whilst embracing Singapore’s food culture believes that everything should be enjoyed in moderation.
Here are James Forrester’s top 5 tips to avoid the bulge this festive season.
1. Keep up the exercise
Christmas is a time of celebration and excess for a lot of people, therefore it should be a period where you actually increase activity levels not decrease them. Exercise will help to keep the extra weight off as well as improving energy levels.
2. Drink plenty of water
This is an area I talk to my clients about; most people don’t drink enough water. As well as all the obvious benefits, water helps you to lose weight by flushing bad fluids and toxins from your system. It is also vital to hydrate yourself before and after any Christmas parties!
3. Avoid refined carbohydrates as much as possible
People have no idea how much sugar they consume in their diets on a daily basis. The average American consumes 20 teaspoons of added sugar – being 320 calories, which adds up very quickly. My tip is to avoid things like sweets, cakes, sugary drinks and refined ‘white’ grains such as white rice these should be replaced with whole grains and lots of fruit and veg.
4. Avoid temptation… Prepare, prepare and prepare
Over the Christmas period temptation surrounds us, I encourage all of my clients to prepare all their meals for the day and take them to work, this will help you to resist the Christmas cake sitting in the office! My top tip is to double the portion size of a healthy dinner and take half of it to work the next day in Tupperware.
5. Everything in moderation…including moderation
Life is here to enjoy, particularly the festive season, which should be celebrated, however it’s just about keeping a balance! If you know you are going to a party in the evening then make sure you eat really well during the day and get some exercise in that day. Restrict how much alcohol you drink and if you are going to drink, opt for red wine as its full of anti oxidants and avoid high calorie drinks such as beer and sugary mixers such as coke.