A workout? On The Healthy Maven? It’s been 3 months since I’ve posted a workout…Whoops. Luckily I have some awesome friends who are willing to step in while I’m nursing this pesky injury. One of these friends is Elise over at 9toFit. And she totally lives up to the name, this lady it FIT.
We all know the holidays can be pretty stressful if you’re trying to lose weight or at least trying not to gain any. I’m an advocate of allowing yourself to indulge since the holidays only come around once a year, but that doesn’t mean going overboard or becoming sedentary.
That second point is a very important one. Vacation (or at least some time off) is the perfect excuse to get active. What better way to spend time with family and friends than to kick each other’s butts? Elise has some awesome tips for you today on how you can move your bods and recruit your friends to avoid that dreaded holiday weight gain!
Hi all! My name is Elise and I blog over at 9toFit. Recently I have been having a “Feature Friday” post, where I highlight other bloggers, fitness enthusiastic, yogis, etc. I have been a fan of Davida’s blog ever since the first time I stumbled upon it. She is a baking guru and I love her fun and relatable writing style. That being said, it was about time that I featured her! Go check out her Q&A and recipe over at 9toFit today.
Back to the topic at hand, the ever dreaded holiday weight gain. This is such a hot topic right now, it’s been plastered all over the blogging world and social media. And let’s face it; gaining weight during the holidays does happen to a lot of people. But there are ways around it, and no I don’t mean skipping the pies and alcoholic beverages, don’t get crazy!
A great way to stay on track during the holidays is by involving your friends and family. Suggest meeting up with friends at the gym or hitting up a yoga class before lunch. It’s seriously so much easier to drag yourself to the gym when you have a friend there with you, not to mention that it’s been proven most people work harder when others are around! (extra calories gone!)
In the spirit of involving friends and family, when I developed my 2nd Ab Training Plan for the Cody App (you can check out the first one here), I made sure to include a Partner Ab Routine! Here are a couple moves from my next training plan which would be perfect to do with a friend during this holiday season when you want to switch up your normal routine:
If you follow my blog, you know this Partner Leg Throw was the ab of the week! This one seriously attacks your lower abs. And don’t be shy, make sure your partner is working by actually throwing their legs.. they can handle it! Key: Work to get your legs close to the ground without touching.
The next move is the Partner Hamstring Curl. This is tougher than it looks and takes some getting used to. This move obviously targets your hamstring (hence the name) but also works your core and butt. For this move your partner will need to hold tight to your ankles, while you lower down AS SLOW AS POSSIBLE, until you reach the ground and spring yourself back up. You want to focus on keeping your body straight the whole time.
The last move is the Partner V Twist, which works your obliques and arms. You start by sitting back to back with your partner, your feet on the ground as shown above. Really focus on twisting through your core as you pass the medicine ball as quick as possible with your partner. Do some reps one way then switch direction!
It’s so much easier to stay active during the holidays when the people around you want to be active as well. Get your friends moving with you, and staying fit during the holidays might be more fun and easier then you think! Thanks again for letting me invade your blog Davida! And don’t forget to check out her feature!
Thanks you to the wonderful Elise for the awesome reminder that your best workout equipment can actually be your friends! Elise and I decided to blog swap today so if you’re interested in hearing the juicy details of my life behind the blog, a recipe for Healthy Mexican Hot Chocolate and all of Elise’s amazing workouts be sure to head over to 9toFit.
What are your keys to avoiding the holiday weight gain? Do you have a workout buddy?