A whole month of the low carb diet, and goodness, so many changes! Let’s talk about what I’ve been eating, and how I’ve been progressing.
Merry Christmas, FitFam! I hope you all celebrate the day surrounded by love, joy, and good food. I certainly will be.
This post might be a tad late, but I’m hoping to help ease some of the stresses that the holiday season can bring, especially if you’re working to get fit. After all, you’re surrounded by rich food, you’re going to parties, meeting family… how on earth do you not undo a year’s worth of hard work in one week?
Read on for my tips on staying fit during the festive season.
What Can I Eat?
Umm… everything! This is literally what I’ve been eating the past few days while on vacation.
Yes, I’ve been eating dosas loaded with ghee, rich Christmas cakes, filter coffee, and tonnes of fried fish (not photographed because I was too busy gobbling them up before anyone else did, so I’ve used this image from yummraj.com). Also Mysore pak and laddoos and other delectable Indian sweets were eaten, after several months of being sugar-free.
The key is moderation. Unless you’re disallowed from eating something because of medical/religious/any other such non-negotiable reasons, there’s no reason to deny yourself delicious holiday food. Have a slice or two of cake, a couple of pieces of chocolate… and don’t beat yourself up about it. In fact, even if you don’t eat in moderation and decide to binge a little, that’s okay! Enjoy the food, enjoy the vacation… a few days of eating what you enjoy will not undo a year of hard work. And while it’s important to stay fit, it’s just as important to cherish vacations, and moments you spend with loved ones.
How Do I Exercise While On Vacation?
This can be tricky, depending on what kind of vacation you’re on. If you’re doing a hotel/resort trip, you’re likely to have access to a great gym and/or pool. Sweat it out for 30-45 min everyday, or do a few laps — exercise sorted!
If however, you’re going to be on the move, or at your family home, then you might want to plan ahead. Carry your running/workout shoes, for starters. A lot of times, just the fact that you’ve carried them creates a psychological trigger to use them. Head out for a jog/run, or roll out a yoga mat and do a quick HIIT or yoga routine. You can get a LOT done in 30 minutes, with no equipment.
Can’t do that either? Or forgot to carry your gear? No problem, baby! Grab a sturdy chair and do a series of tricep dips, pistol squats, leg raises… again, so much you can do with one piece of furniture. In fact, here’s a video to make it easier!
What about if you don’t manage to do any of these? Well, take a deep breath, sip on some mulled wine (or whatever your poison may be), and relax. Every day needn’t revolve around your fitness efforts, and it’s totally okay to just switch off and enjoy the holidays.
Things You Absolutely MUST Do!
- Drink plenty of water — especially if you’re also sipping cocktails during the day.
- Wear sunscreen. Regardless of where you are or what you’re doing.
- Try the local cuisine.
- Take plenty of pictures for you to cherish once the vacation is over.
- Enjoy yourself.
Have a great vacation, my lovelies! Here’s wishing you love, health, and happiness, whatever those words may mean to you.
I never thought I’d ever I’d ever find myself tied to a bungee cord. I have a paralysing fear of heights, so bungee jumping is nowhere on my bucket list. But when Aastha Gulati of Dhurii invited me to try a session of BungFly, their all-new bungee workout, I was intrigued!
Dhurii is only the 6th place in the world to offer the bungee workout, and the very first in India! The workshop happened at Ben’s Body Studio in Indiranagar. I arrived to find the instructors tying long elastic cords to the beams in the roof, and immediately questioned my decision — I’m chicken like that.
The instructors (Supriya and Amrudesh) then helped me get into my harness, which is quite an interesting workout in itself! There’s a lot of straps and buckles and thingamabobs that need to be adjusted and fastened, before you’re ready to get started with the bungee workout. The thigh straps are also fitted with cushioning, to prevent the straps from cutting and chafing.
My harness was then tied to one of the bungee cords suspended from the rafters. The fastening is adjusted based on each student’s height, so as to ensure optimal resistance. I had to climb onto a ladder at one point so that my fastening could be adjusted! And no, I’m not particularly tall, in case you were wondering. It’s just easier to take the participant to the bungee than the other way around.
We were then led through a quick series of moves to familiarise ourselves with our bungees, and warm up the cords (and our muscles!).
The above move was actually harder than it looks. While it’s essentially just ‘sitting’ down, it does take some getting used to. The combination of the bungee’s resistance and the feeling of floating really messes with your sense of balance in the beginning. This, of course, is the very essence of the bungee workout — it makes you activate your core and improve your balance.
Once we managed to get used to our harnesses and bungees — which admittedly, takes a lot of shifting and adjusting — we got started on the actual workout. Supriya led us through a series of squats, push-ups, lunges and yoga moves, all while suspended from our bungees.
Can you tell I’m dying?
Oh, and look what more she made us do!
That’s right. Pushups… with a clap… on a bungee.
Oh, but that’s not all! We also lunged…
… and twisted!
Oh, and to wrap it all up, Supriya taught us to “fly”!
And then I crawled out, pink in the face and drenched in sweat.
So what’s my verdict? DO IT!
I workout a fair deal (as you know), and this workout was genuinely challenging for me. It’s a great mix of cardio, resistance, and strength, and your core will be on fire!
Things you need to remember:
- Keep your water bottle close. The instructors can’t keep unfastening you every time you need a drink, so make sure your water bottle is within bungee radius.
- The workout is barefoot, so don’t bother with the sneakers.
- Make sure you adjust the thigh padding on the harness so that your inner thighs are protected. Else the straps can really cut and/or bruise you. For good measure, you could also wear bottom wear of slightly thicker fabric. I wore regular workout leggings, and I did get bruised a bit.
- Ladies, tie your hair up. A braid or bun is advised, else your hair can get tangled up in your bungee cord, and that will hurt like all hell!
- Trust. Your bungee, your instructor, and your body. Trust them, and you’re going to be fine!
Until the next new workout, my lovelies! <3