Keep your Figure During This Holiday Season:
Tis the season of giving, enjoying special moments with friends and family, and reflecting on all you have accomplished in the past year. Why not give yourself one of the best gifts you can give: a lifetime of living a healthy lifestyle.
We all know how the holidays can be filled with so much to do, which can cause unwanted stress. Rather than get yourself hung up on those “to do” lists, let’s focus on ways to enjoy and diversify some fun ways to stay fit while the holidays approach.
- Bake a Bunch
Bake or no bake – get into the kitchen for some fun! Discovering new recipes with healthier ingredients can be a treat within itself! Surprise your guests with this simple, tasty, treat for all to enjoy. No oven needed!
2. Head to the Hills
No matter where you reside, find a special place to explore by foot. Whether you need to bundle up in the cold or shed some layers in the heat, take time to enjoy getting some fresh air with some scenic views while you sweat it out in the ‘hills’ of your location!
3. Relax & Rejuvenate
All the shopping and holiday parties getting too much? Maybe it’s time to relax at a day spa or take a meditation class to rejuvenate your mind!
4. Plan Ahead
I’ve said this before, and I’m saying it again: if you want to stay fit during the holidays, planning your workouts and meals are required. Set aside a time that works with your holiday schedule, commit to it, and stick with it! If you plan ahead this will eliminate the excuse of ‘not having time’.
5. Make it a Family Event
The more the merrier! – Why not make it a family event and do something active that the whole family can enjoy? How about a snowball fight, football in the snow, or just some outdoor games? Having the whole family engage in fun activities can keep everyone fit and creates memories that last a lifetime!
Now let’s make our muscles jolly by going over this weeks ‘Merry Muscles’ workout! The total body circuits are progressive and are intended to burn fat, blast calories, and condition your entire body. After that, the Pilates routine focuses on strengthening while lengthening your muscles.
Dedicate This Week To Your Holiday Goals With Week 7’s Merry Muscles Routine
This is the 7th week of the holiday program; so if you’re just joining in now, you have the option to refer back to week 1’s blog for the full program details and start from the beginning or you can pick up with week 5’s blog, which is the half way marker. I recommend printing or saving the 8-week schedule to your phone/notebook for an easy reference plan (found in week 1’s blog) as well as each new week’s workout.
Week 7 focuses on ‘Merry Muscles’ workouts, which are intended to move at an intermediate pace. You will perform:
- 2 Total Body Circuits on non-consecutive days
- 2-3 days Cardio Sessions of your choice (30-60 min)
- 2 “Pilates Strength & Cardio” movements (routine below)
Listed below are the holiday goals along with the 7th week’s ‘Merry Muscles’ routine.
- Stay fit & active over the holiday’s
- Stay committed & disciplined
- Remain stress-free
- Enjoy the festivities but do not over indulge
NOTE: Week 7’s workouts contain exercises from the previous weeks routines with an added challenge. Therefore, if you have been following the series consistently, the exercises will feel familiar. The new variations and exercises are in PINK. Look over the changes before performing the workout!
NOTE: The Pilates Routine calls for using the “foot bar” for the setup of the exercises for seamless transitions. If you feel you want more stability, support, and want to take more safety precautions during the cardio jumps, please use the “squat stand” accessory instead for those exercises.
NOTE: Check out the video to see how these exercises are performed.
Be sure to spend a few minutes stretching or foam rolling post workouts. This will help to recover your muscles and to prevent injury. Stay tuned for the FINAL week of our workout series, ‘Tight Package’ workout, designed to keep your body, mind and soul tight in the package you carry around each day!
Happy Holidays & enjoy making this season special.
Best to you,
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