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Stay Fit on the Go

Chef Robert Irvine travels more than 300 days a year and is able to maintain a lean, muscular physique year-round. Here are his five tips for staying fit when traveling or otherwise pressed for time.

1. WEAR A WEIGHT VEST

“This adds intensity to any activity. Instantly increase the difficulty of a 10-minute walk, a set of pushups, or even house-hold chores. You’ll be dripping with sweat and get a great core workout.”

2. SHORTEN YOUR WORKOUTS

“When you’re pressed for time, the easiest thing to do is cut your workout in half. If you typically like to do four sets of everything,just do two and move quickly. This one is so obvious, but most guys resist it. I know so many guys who will skip the gym entirely if they have only a half-hour. Well, two sets are a lot more effective than zero!”

3. DON’T WASTE TIME LOOKING FOR A “HEALTHY” RESTAURANT

“Most sit-down restaurants can be healthy if you just ask. No matter the house specialty, they can make you grilled chicken and steamed vegetables. I make this request all the time and usually get it. They don’t accommodate me because I’m a fellow chef. They accommodate me because they want the business.”

4. BRING THE HEAT

“Travel with hot sauce. This is the perfect antidote to the oversize portions that are the norm in American restaurants.Pick your poison: Frank’s, sriracha, Tabasco, etc. Adding heat and spice to your food makes it more satisfying, so you’ll need to eat less of it to feel full. There are also a number of studies that have strongly established the active component of hot peppers and hot sauce—capsaicin—in fat loss.

5. DON’T SKIP CARDIO

“I hate skipping any workout, but when push absolutely comes to shove, I make sure I get my cardio in. Everyone enjoys lifting more than cardio, and I’m the same way, but cardio is what ultimately helps you stay lean—and keeps your heart healthy—and staying lean makes your muscles look bigger. It seems counterintuitive, but it really works.”

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