The holidays are nearing! This is honestly my favorite time of year: holiday music, smells of fresh cut evergreens and shopping deals! Our family already has our tree and decorations up for Christmas. (Yes, I know it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. We like to be prepared.:))
I’m also reminded about the additional calories that I seem to take in, especially sugary calories. I can’t resist a good dessert during the holidays! My motto is everything in moderation. Over the years, I find if I deprive myself of the things I really want my body gets cranky and I eventually overeat. Another tip that has worked for me is I try to eat clean the day of a holiday party. I know that the party will have breaded hors d’oeuvres, dips, cheeses, desserts, sugary cocktails and the list goes on. But, if I eat clean all day, I know I can eat and drink those items in moderation. My last little trick to survive the calorie overhaul is eat before you go to a holiday party! Unless it is a seated dinner, you can eat your healthy dinner and then enjoy a desert or drink at the party without the guilt!
Here is a healthy holiday treat tip that will help keep you waist slim and trim! Try this Pilates teaser with light weights (no more than 2 pounds). This will help build muscle in your abdominal wall, lower back, hip flexors, and trim your waist! Did you know Pilates is more effective than regular crunches?
Lie flat on your mat. Arms at a 90 degree angle towards the ceiling, inhale, then exhale as you lift your legs and torso into a V position. Inhale, then exhale slowly as you lower your legs and upper body back to the mat one vertebra at a time.
Remember muscle burns fat even after your workout!! Good luck and let me know if you give these a try and what you think.
**Check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routines**