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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Fit for the holidays

There’s no doubt it can be easy to fall off the healthy bandwagon this time of year. What with end-of-year parties, a few celebratory drinks and maybe even second helpings of ham and turkey, tis’ the season to indulge. The good news is that with a few tried and tested tips and the choice of two great workouts for the festive season; you can stay on top of your health and fitness and set a platform for the fresh New Year ahead!

Happy and healthy tips:

  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water
  • Move your body every day – try walking as a start
  • Get outside and take your kids to the park or on a bike ride
  • Remember to rest (it’s just as important as a good workout)
  • If you’re having a few drinks, try alternating with water every second drink
  • Drink soda water instead of sugary soft drinks
  • Get social – talk with friends and share a meal
  • Try not to overfill your plate and watch your portion sizes

Workout 1: 15-minute smash session

(1 minute on each exercise)

  • Walk/jog on the spot
  • Squats
  • Skip
  • Toe taps
  • Walk/jog on spot
  • Lunges
  • Star jumps
  • Down and ups (go to the ground then back up; if you can, do Burpees)
  • Walk/jog on spot
  • Push-up
  • Walk/jog on spot
  • Dips
  • Walk/jog on spot
  • Plank
  • Walk/jog on spot

Workout 2: strength and power

Note: For presses, curls and pull/push downs, choose weights to suit your fitness/strength level

  • Push-ups x 20
  • Flat bench press x 20
  • Lat pull down (bar behind your head, wide grip) x 10
  • Seated dips x 20
  • Standing barbell curl x 20
  • Standing shoulder press x 15
  • Lying leg raises (palms flat on the ground, back flat, legs raise from the ground up to 12 o’clock – lower back down) x 20
  • Tricep push downs x 20

Have a wonderful, safe and happy Christmas and enjoy your holidays.

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