The holiday season is just around the corner. Time to enjoy all the sweets and many dinners with your loved ones. Yummy and tasty but the pounds can sneak up. Some of us probably want to get into a workout here or there. Let me tell you, unless exercise for a living it’s harder than you think. There are a few different ways to exercise without dreading it. It's best to find a workout that's fun with friends, children, or alone.
My favorite is gathering at least 5 of your favorite upbeat songs. You can either go with the season. Like for Halloween you can go with “Monster Mash and Thriller”, just to name a few. And so forth for Thanksgiving. And forget about it, Christmas songs are fabulous, one of my favorite songs, is “Sleigh Ride” by Debbie Gibson. That gets my feet tapping just thinking about it. Now that you got your 5 songs together, let’s boogie.
Wait! Before we begin, we should start with a quick stretch.
- Breathe in and out a couple times
- Reach those arms to the sky and get in a good stretch
- Stretch those arms, and legs, and we are now ready to dance.
That’s right dance. Move that body. If you are dancing alone, have fun and get your groove on. If you are dancing with your friends or children, allow each to take a turn. Whatever and however they dance, everyone has to follow. Get creative, have fun, and dance at your own speed. Breathe as you dance, if you get out of breath, walk it out.
Next is a class I have taught for many years and it is called “Just don’t sit there”. Here is how the home version works. When you are watching your favorite show, you can exercise for about a half hour. The time will fly by and you won’t even realize.
The only way many people will work out if it’s effortless. How low? Until you feel your muscles being worked.
- Grab a chair, stand behind and hold on.
- V your legs out, toes pointing outward as well
- Go down and up, 2 sets of 16.
Next standing behind the chair, still holding on...
- Go up on your toes and then bring your feet flat.
- Do 2 sets of 16.
You have just worked out your inner thighs, quads, hamstrings and calves. That’s pretty awesome right?
Mid Section Target
Standing behind your chair, squeeze your buttocks, in out, in out, 2 sets of 16. Awesome! Next lean your body to the side, so that your right hand will touch the side of your leg (Knee) and then come back up. Do this to the left side as well, 16 times. You have just exercised your waist. Fabulous!
Sit and put your hands behind your head, right elbow to left knee, and left elbow to right knee, 2 sets, 16 times each. And you have hit your oblique muscles. Lastly, extend your arms in front of you and scissor them, 2 sets of 16. When and if you feel this is too easy then increase the reps. What you are doing is toning your body, while watching TV. We did it, yah!!!!
Now raise your hands all the way in the air, bring your arms to your toes and slowly roll your arms up your body. Once you are in sitting position, take a few deep breaths and exhale.
If you aren’t into either of the first two, well here is the easiest one. Go to the store and walk. Walk around your favorite stores. You don’t have to buy. Simply just walk. Have a mall nearby? Walk! This can’t get any easier. Now that we have taken care of the body let’s take care of the mind.
Winter time gets gloomy. Our bodies want to store naturally and our minds tend to go from a bright light from summer, to darkness. This affects our mood. You can tend to become a bit depressed, and my goodness, this is supposed to be the jolly time of year.
So let’s take some me time to just shut our eyes and relax. Take some deep breaths. Fill your tummy up with air. That’s right breath deep through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Once you have done this several times, we will now think of the ocean, cleansing our bodies. Think of the warm sun and beautiful weather. Allow the warmth of the sun to heal you mind, body and soul. Let go of all your troubles. Find your happy place and float there for a few minutes. The more you do it, the better you will get at it. I would teach biofeedback, and meditation using a soft and gentle voice. Light a lavender candle. You can do it alone, with friends, your partner, even your children. I think this is essential for the mind.
Remember, the season starts in October and goes all the way until January. If we keep on top of our mind and body, our New Year’s resolution might not be to get in shape in the New Year, because you already are. And once you feel the effect of your efforts of working out, you will see how awesome you feel.
Pass this on, being healthy is not only to feel fabulous, you will look fabulous. Well more fabulous, if that is even possible. Girls remember encourage one another, be the best you can be, mind, heart, soul and body.
Barbara Jeanne xo