fitness for holiday and festive season of Diwali
Festivals like Christmas and Diwali open the door to a sweet and calorie filled binge. All the while at the back of my mind is one question is there a way I can keep my festive season fitness levels up?
It’s challenging enough for most of us to stick to our fitness schedules on a day to day basis. The last thing we need is the distraction of festivities and everything that comes along with it – parties, indulgences such as the beer and the bubbly, food overload and sweets. Partying brings with it, late nights, lack of sleep, bloating, any form of fit eating takes the back seat while we add-on kilos that threaten to creep in and derail our regimen completely.
We all know the downside and yet we let it play havoc with our health during festivals like Diwali and Christmas, thinking it is going to last only a day. We skip the workout thinking that once it’s over, we can hit the gym with a vengeance.
That is all very well but do you really want to feel bloated, fat and guilty? And let us not overlook the fact that losing the added kilos is added stress and added work at the end of the day. Then we look ourselves in the mirror and return to the eternal question how am I going to manage my festive season fitness.
The ideal way to go through this period of festivities is to keep a workout routine even if it is not your regular one. Also, take care to eat smart through the days and nights of partying. Whatever you do, do not let go entirely. Do not give up on your fitness at any point in time. So here is what you can do for your workout and diet.
Exercise routines for festive season fitness
Keep the walks
Thirty minutes dedicated to walking if nothing else works is a basic basic requirement. If you are hungover, low energy, or plain lazy, a brisk walk will wake you up and put you in the mood to take on work, the entire day and keep you going through another party later in the evening. Walking will improve your circulation, calm your stress hormones, compose your digestion and bring a spring in your step apart from burning calories and keeping them from settling in as fat. Besides, the natural flush and facial that a cardio activity provides would be an added advantage considering you are taking pains to look good in the festive season. Walking is one way to stay fit during holidays and festivals
Jump the rope
If you are not in a position to leave home and go for a walk and you have the skill, skip at home. Sets of 50 to 100 will burn calories and make you sweat out the toxins that you are gathering during this unhealthy living phase of holidays and festivals. If you cannot skip a rope to save your life, go with jogging and jumping alternately on the spot for 10 minutes.
Home Cardio Circuit
Alternatively, here is a 7-minute circuit which you can do once, twice or thrice depending on your joints health, stamina, energy levels and drive to burn more. You may take half a minute’s rest after every circuit.
Jogging – 1 minute
Soft jumps – 1 minute
High knees – 1 minute
Butt kicks – 1 minute
Jumping jacks – 1 minute
Pendulum jumps – 1 minute
Crisscross jumps – 1 minute
Bodyweight workout and breathing
Follow up your cardio with bodyweight exercises while focussing on correct breathing (inhale through the nose in relaxed or original position and exhale through the mouth in working or stressing mode). Two sets each of push-ups, crunches, bicycle crunches, leg raises plank hold, and side plank hold. And your gut would stay rock solid. You may include some or all of the exercises depending on the time you have.
Eating habits for festive season fitness
Party food tips
While you are indulging your senses and palate, just be mindful of the number of drinks and quantity of food and snacks you are consuming. Do not add aerated drinks and packaged fruit juices to your drinks. Go for grilled and barbequed snacks, stay away from anything fried, keep carbs and sweets intake to the minimal. And learn to say ‘No’ when you know you are done.
Focus on fibre
Make sure that your intake of fruits and vegetable stays high and at no point do you sacrifice these to compensate the high intake of party food and drinks. These make sure that your system is flushed properly on a regular basis, and you keep getting your nutrients too.
Ditch the teas and coffees
Well, you can keep your morning cuppa to wake up if you like but ditch any more than that for at least this period in favour of green tea, fresh lime water, and coconut water. The alcohol, accompanied with all the snacking and high-calorie food puts your digestion under stress and also tends to dehydrate you. Tea and coffee further dehydrate the body and compounds the issue. Your system often misreads this water deficit as hunger. And so you tend to eat more after a ‘high-spirited’ late night party.
Keep your head above the water, sustain the basic workout and diet, and rest assured when normalcy returns to your exercise routine post-festive season, you would have retained your stamina and your girth. Neither would you cringe while scaling the weighing machine nor would it creak back in protest.
Now that we have answered your How to stay fit during holidays and festivals its time to enjoy a Festive times are happy times.
Let’s celebrate, and we pray for happiness, health, and prosperity. Let’s mean it for ourselves.
My friend Shaili Saini has also got a few great yoga asanas to keep your festive season fitness levels up check them out in this awesum video