Overconsumption of unhealthy festive food could result in significant weight gain if not balanced with proper exercise. Here are some workout tips that can be incorporated into your regular schedule to maintain peak fitness during the holidays.
Yoga is able to burn fat even though it is not considered as an aerobic exercise. Practicing active and intense styles of yoga during the festive season is the perfect fitness challenge to burn calories and prevent weight gain. Ashtanga, vinyasa and power are considered as physical yoga types, while hatha and yin are regarded as relaxed forms of yoga. Combining both active and relaxed yoga will allow your body to burn fat, strengthen muscles, improve flexibility and prevent injuries.
Practicing yoga allows you to develop mindfulness. This enables you to be more cognisant of your eating habits, especially since foods are known to have a direct impact on the mind, body and spirit. Mindfulness allows yoga practitioners to stay away from unhealthy food and identify when they are satiated.
Running makes for the perfect holiday fitness challenge as it has proven to be especially effective in burning stomach fat. Fitness First offers an exclusive signature class called Surge. This class combines speed, stamina, agility, and power training exercises to give your body a complete workout.
If you are new to treadmill running, begin slow and increase the pace gradually. Prioritise the practice of deep belly breathing. Identify a deep breathing pattern that incorporates this technique, as compared to shallow chest breathing. Shallow chest breathing is not optimal for long-distance running. Over time, you will build up cardiovascular fitness and shed the excess fat.
BODYBALANCE® combines elements of Tai Chi and Pilates in a workout which involves a series of yoga movements. The stretching and bending movements of the routine, supported by a calming soundtrack will help you stay relaxed throughout.
It is important to focus on controlled breathing, concentration and proper execution of each movement so as to achieve improvement of mind, body and spirit.
It is of utmost importance that you focus on controlled breathing, concentration and proper execution of each movement so as to achieve improvement of body, mind and spirit.
Cycling is a low-impact exercise that works all the major muscle groups in your body. It builds muscular strength, improves stamina and aerobic fitness. It is also recognised as being able to improve mental health through the reduction of stress levels and anxiety.
If you are a cycling beginner, start with a low intensity and slowly progress to a more physical workout level once your body starts getting comfortable with a particular intensity. Fitness First has an indoor cycling workout called RPM™. This class is backed by great music and takes you through a journey of hill climbs, sprints and flat rides. This is a great way to formulate a sense of achievement, burn calories, get lean, and improve aerobic fitness as part of body goals for your holiday fitness challenge.
Les Mills Tone®
A workout that allows you to set your own pace, Les Mills Tone™ is a mix of cardio, core and strength training. A standard routine mainly uses lunges, squats, functional training and tubing exercises. You are recommended to start with 1 or 2 classes a week and progress slowly. As time passes, it will help you build fitness and strength, improve energy levels, flexibility, speed, balance, agility and core strength.
Weight loss as part of your fitness challenge can be achieved through consistency and discipline in sticking to a workout plan. Combined with a nutritious meal plan and adequate rest, your body will reap the benefits as the season progresses.