We Divas love the holidays! But despite the delicious festive meals coming our way, we still have to fit into our Santa’s Little Helper’s costumes come Monday morning! Here are some tips for staying fit during the holiday season, while still keeping the holiday spirit.
Believe it or not, our worst enemy during the holiday season is not the 520-calorie Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Latte at Starbucks…it’s our stress level! With all the gift shopping, party planning, and meal cooking, our stress levels are at an all-time high. No wonder it seems so difficult to turn down all the comforting food! Having a well-planned strategy for the holiday madness will help lower stress levels tremendously, and insures that our primary health nemesis will be under control.
Start your Christmas shopping early, search online for penny saving deals, plan out your healthy holiday meals in advance, and most importantly, schedule time for exercise. When it comes to stress reducers, there is nothing better than a good workout. Now all we have to worry about is enjoying ourselves!… and stopping after the first serving of eggnog.
Don’t wait until the New Year! So many people justify their over-indulgent holiday behavior by saying to themselves, “As soon as the New Year comes, I’m going to start my diet and exercise!” Why wait?! You don’t have to torture yourself by avoiding all the holiday goodies, but by sensationalizing your “future workouts” you will falsely justify many of the unhealthy choices you are making today.
If you are going to indulge a little at your office Christmas party, then you owe it to yourself to follow it up with a great and spirited workout. Check out the Festive Fitness routine we have created below:
Start from the bottom of the tree and work your way up! Repeat 4 times.
*Mountain Climbers: Start at the top of the push-up position, palms flat on the ground, arms straight, with your shoulders in line with your wrists. Push off your feet and bring one knee to your chest and then switch feet positioning to bring other knee to your chest = 1 rep. Alternate feet back and forth as fast as possible, pulling in your abs and maintaining strong core.
*Jump squats: Squat down to 90 degrees and jump, bringing your hands above your
Laying on your back, bend your knees and lift both feet and head off the ground in crunch position. Rock back and forth while spinning your body around clockwise. Make 8 full circles and repeat in the counter clockwise direction. You will definitely feel your obliques working!
30 x Santa Swings:
Using a 25 lb Kettlebell (or a dumbbell in a pillow case) grip the handle (or the material 3 inches away from the dumbbell) with both hands and palms facing down. Starting with the weight between your legs, squat down, then stand up thrusting your hips forward and swinging the weight to shoulder height. Your arms should be straight. Swing the weight back down between your legs, and repeat in one continuous motion. Santa must be fit swinging around that heavy bag of toys!
Happy Holidays everyone! Enjoy your family, friends, and your health!
Your WWE Divas
Eve, Kelly, and Alicia