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Eliminate Holiday Flabs: Part 1

"Tis’ the season to be healthy!"
By: Nikki Sarmiento GuevarraEliminate Holiday Flabs: Part 1

With the cold wind of Christmas, the threat of having folds in our bellies becomes imminent. The culprit? It is the bounty of food served on the table, and the number of parties that you have to attend to that lead to overindulging ourselves by eating and drinking because it’s party time! It is the post-party dilemma that most of us are concerned with. Gaining pounds!

The holiday season spells weight gain. Well, it is clearly due to the reasons mentioned above, as well as taking time-off from work and always being under our warm hearths that make us so lazy to get onto our feet and exercise. How can we burn the calories if we are nailed to the couch, watching television, and munching those favorite potato chips? Seems like keeping in shape during the holidays requires much effort and discipline.

Here are some light exercises that you can do without stressing much and spoil your vacation:

1. Chair Dips

While sitting on a sturdy chair, move forward to the edge of the chair. With your hands placed on the edge of the chair behind your hips, slowly slide back your bottom off the edge and bend your elbows. Or like doing backward squats with hands holding the edge of the chair for support. Do up to 10 to 12 repetitions.

2. Chair squats

Stand in front of a chair, with feet hip-distance apart. Bend knees and slowly lower your bottom into the chair without actually sitting on it. Then stand up. Do up to 10 to 12 repetitions.

3. Butterfly abs

Lie on your back with the soles of your feet placed together and relax your knees out to the side. Place both hands on the back of your head with elbows out. Raise your chest and shoulders to tighten the abs. Then, release. Do up to 10 to 12 repetitions.

4. Oblique crunches

Lie on your back with your knees bent. Place your left ankle across on your opposite knee. Put your right hand at the back of your head and raise right shoulder toward left knee. Extend left arm. Then, release. Switch sides and do up to 10 to 12 repetitions.

So fret no more! As there are more than a few light work-outs and exercises that you can do during the vacation that don’t need as much effort but can still burn those calories to maintain your figure, if not achieve a slimmer you.



Read more:
Eliminate Holiday Flabs: Part 2
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