By Duke Castiglione
FOX 5 Sports Anchor
When it comes to exercising, I think everyone has to find out what works. You have to think about your body type and what your schedule is like. I found what works for me; I go through the same routine all of the time. It’s not only for my body but also for my mind. It’s a time when I can clear my mind and think about other things - like work or what’s going on during my daily grind.
I follow the same workout pattern - three days on, one day off. And I usually train one body part on one day and a different one on the other. Recently, in the last three months, I realized that diet is about 70 to 80 percent of how you look and how you feel. I used to train for hours and do a lot less cardio and have a stricter diet.
Now, I write down everything I eat for lunch, dinner and everything in between. I found that’s what keeps me accountable for everything I eat. I don’t want to, at the end of the day, look and say “I didn’t really need three Rice Krispy Treats.” For some reason, when you put it on paper it’s like a diary, you can’t really lie to yourself.
The older I have gotten, I’ve learned how dieting plays into this. I don’t go overboard on protein but I keep carbs on the lower side. And that is what works for me. I don’t think there is anything wrong with going to dinner having a cheat night just as long as you stay on track.
Like everyone I have cheat food; I love Chicken Parmesan and ice cream but, I eat those things and still maintain a healthy weight. I think New York is a great place to stay in shape; you can walk to lots of places and there are lots of places to work out. People and businesses provide lots of positive encouragement. However, there are a lot of great places to eat out at too – so be careful!
The most important is finding what works for you and sticking with it! •