Stay Healthy in the Bleachers
You can probably justify one bag of peanuts at the ballpark for its healthy fats, but keep in mind it will put almost 1,000 calories on the scoreboard. Instead, try pinch hitting the big-calorie treats with healthier choices at the concession stand.
For instance, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles offers these options with less than 300 calories:
- Dodger Pretzel: 160 calories
- Curried Chicken Salad Wrap: 290 calories
- Strawberry Yogurt Parfait: 222 calories
- Roasted Pear and Arugula Salad: 137 calories
- Farmers' Market Greek Salad: 185 calories
And don't forget to limit liquid calories in beer and soda. Each ballpark beer is about 110 to 180 calories. Alternate with water to cut calories and save some money.
Swinging a baseball bat can be a great core workout to tone your midline without running the bases. Clear the area around you, hold a bat (or broom or other substitute) at waist height, and swing away! Remember to keep your feet comfortably wide and grounded and control each swing.
If your backside needs a little lift, try bridge rolls using a baseball bat. Start on the ground on your back with your knees bent and your feet on top of the bat. Lift your hips and roll on the bat—alternate moving toward your body, and then away your body. This is a great glute and hamstring toner!
Are you cheering on a favorite team this summer? How do you stay healthy at the ballpark or at home watching the game? Share your comments below.
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