Exercises for the festive season

By Mona Gill

How do you keep the holiday pounds off with all the yummy food, drinks and endless Christmas parties but still keep focused?

Here is what I do to keep in shape and feel great even with a little cheat meal during the festivities!

It’s important to change up your workouts every once in a while and I am very in-tuned with my body and am very aware of what I need to feel healthy and have mental clarity during the busiest time for me.  Lately I have been practicing more meditation.

Meditation helps quieten and control the mind especially during this time of the year as we start to reflect and put pressure on ourselves if we did not meet some of our goals and just overall tiredness as the year ends. It does help with a better night’s sleep, mental clarity and helps you keep focused especially if you visualise your goals during meditation. Depending on what and why you are meditating, some of us just need to set the tone of the day and accept how you are feeling at that given time and move on with the day.

With that said, I still want to feel great in my skin so here are my moves that help me keep the holiday pounds off.

Commando – 10 reps and it is important to hug your belly button into your spine for a strong core

Push-ups – 3 sets of 30 and make sure if you are on your knees your legs do not touch the floor

Burpees – 3 sets of 20 as this is the perfect total body workout especially if you are trying to lose weight and make sure your chest touches the floor for the correct form.

Crunches – 3 sets of 20 and raise your legs of the floor for added challenge

Jumping jacks – 3 sets of 50

Slow mountain climbers for a minute – make sure knee touches the elbow each time

Reverse plank for a minute – this is great for abs

Raised leg and arm plank for a minute

Cool down

Typically I do this in the morning and that just helps me kickstart the day.

Because it is fast paced like a HIIT workout I take Astaxanthin supplements to recover fast.

It helps with muscle recovery and has definitely help me keep my energy levels and immunity up during the busiest time of the year!

Happy New Year!


About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife /yogamonadollsup

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