The holidays are upon us and for a lot of us that means the dreaded holiday weight gain. Like the freshman who goes away to college and gains 15 pounds, some of us barely make it to January without acquiring a holiday belly. But why? Of course we want to enjoy ourselves and indulge when it comes to pastries and home-cooked meals, but what if there was a way to participate in each feast on a guilt-free level? What if we started to incorporate healthy habits into our schedules now, so that when we’re faced with each holiday feast, we can indulge without second thoughts? If we embrace easy, healthy workouts and habits into our schedules for the weeks leading up to the holidays, it will be that much easier to maintain our weight during and after the season.
With that frame-of-mind, here are some simple exercises you can start doing now, in preparation to fight the holiday weight before you put it on. And as with all of our fitness tips, we’ll provide you with the best performance underwear option to ensure that you get the most out of your exercise!
Running/Junk Underjeans: If you don’t already incorporate running into your normal workout regimen, then now’s the time! Aim to run 3-4 times a week in order to prevent your holiday weight gain from accumulating. 10-15 miles a week is a good start for a beginner runner. This may not seem like a lot, but remember this is only part of your workout routine. If you add this into your weekly routine now, and continue with it during and after the holidays, you won’t have any “excess baggage” to deal with. Junk Underjeans has a great selection of Shin Length and Knee Length performance underwear that are conducive towards a good run. They also have their Street Runners collection that would benefit any runner, beginner or professional. The Junk Underjeans Street Runner incorporates mesh panelling into the design, which promotes breathability and flexibility for the runner.
Yoga/teamm8: Although most traditional and beginner levels of yoga only burn a modest 200 calories per hour, yoga PLUS running is a great way to loose weight and stay fit. The combination of both exercises creates a fun and effective calorie burning regimen. Through acquired breathing techniques that are learned during yoga, one can run with much more ease. The stretching involved in yoga is also extremely beneficial for a runner to get the most our of their aerobic exercise. teamm8 has just released a line of active tights that are perfect for a body-moving exercise such as yoga. Their t8 Tights are made from a nylon/elastane blend which helps promote movement and support for the aspiring yogi.
Cycling/Wood: Another great way to increase your endurance and burn calories is cycling. Whether you take your bike out around your neighborhood, or participate in indoor cycling at your gym, cycling is a great component in preventing holiday weight gain. As with running, yoga can also help increase your stamina and level of cycling, which in turn will help you get the most out of your cycle exercises. Wood underwear has a top-quality pair of Biker Briefs that will promote optimal results from your cycling workout. These performance underwear are built for extreme comfort, and won’t ride up, ensuring you an easy and smooth ride.
Together all three of these exercises are great alternatives to full-blown workouts, and will help fight the holiday weight gain before it has a chance to accumulate. The performance underwear alongside each workout will only make each exercise that much more enjoyable, which will help deliver optimal calorie-burning results.
What brands do you rely on for quality performance underwear? How are you going to fight the holiday bulge this year? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @underwearexpert
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