24 ways to keep fit
December 23, 2018
Just like your advent calendar, here are 24 tips to keep fit despite the whirlwind of this twelfth month of the year!
1- Plan your December training: decide in advance your training days and put them on the calendar.
2- Keep in touch: Make an appointment with your personal trainer in early December, he will give you concrete tips to stay on track during the holidays.
3- Try a new class each week until the holidays: Find out the timetable of your local gym!
4- Set a goal for December: Maintain your gains? Lose some weight before the holidays? Keep fit? By setting a goal, you will be more inclined to make effort to reach it. Take advantage of the exceptional discount on the TRANSFORM program.
5- Get out of the shops, get some fresh air: Go outside for a few hours at least once a weekend before Christmas to play with your children, take a walk or go sledding … the already fallen snow allows you to enjoy winter sports earlier!
6- Connect: Feeling pressed for time? Check out the online training platforms, including ULTIME FIT which offers a free 7-day trial and a free subscription for Nautilus Plus members!
7- Train in the morning: so you can go about your business guilt free and better yet, with more energy.
8- Your gym bag should always be ready: Who knows, you may be able to slip in a workout between your shopping and a family dinner.
9- Keep track of your workouts: download the Nautilus Plus mobile app to track your workouts: a sure source of motivation!
10- Get active while dancing: Wiggle those hips while burning lots of calories in your living room or in a Zumba class! Check the Zumba class schedule for your nearest gym.
11- Plan your “pre-holiday” health menu: At the very least, make sure you eat well before the holidays and plan your meals to fill up on nutritious food.
12- Train effectively: Do effective workouts while you train. Need help putting together a suitable program? Make an appointment with one of our professionals.
13- Accumulate steps and use the stairs: every day in December, aim for 10,000 steps and choose the stairs as much as possible.
14- Take advantage of the Zero Diet Advent Calendar by getting healthy frozen dishes for when time is running out.
15- Stay zen with yoga: Reduce your stress level by integrating relaxation activities such as yoga and meditation. Try the Zen Fusion Fit class: Aaaooom!
16- Train with a friend: take advantage of one-day passes and give them as a gift to a friend – and be their plus one!
17- Organize outdoor activities during your get-togethers: hockey game, skating, sledding, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing … the fondue will taste better afterwards!
18- Gather with healthy recipes: Get inspired by Zero Diet recipes for your meals and desserts and impress your guests!
19- Sleep well: avoid screens before bedtime and aim for 7 to 9 hours per night.
20- Integrate muscle toning into your workouts: Prepare your body for shoveling and shopping and maintain your gains!
21- Don’t forget your dosage of vitamin D: the sun can be rare. Don’t deprive yourself of this essential vitamin that contributes to your immune system!
22- Stay hydrated every day: drink water, morning, noon and evening.
23- Make a special day “preparing snacks” with your children (muffins, healthy cookies, fruit salads, etc.)
24- Still enjoy the holiday season, allow yourself treats and remember that health is celebrated by the actions you take daily, … even during the holidays!
Happy holidays and we will see you again in January to pick up your good habits again!
By Karine Larose, Kinesiologist, Director of communications and Spokesperson for Nautilus Plus
Karine Larose is a Kinesiologist, Director of Communications and Spokesperson for Nautilus Plus and specializes in fitness motivation. She authored The Guide to Healthier Living, also penned the book 10-4 The Healthy Way to Lose 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks, and recently released her third work called Zero Diet: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Success, all by Les editions du TRÉCARRÉ. Karine has launched a series of exercise DVDs entitled 30 minutes par jour pour Vivre Plus. Many TV shows and radio stations regularly request Karine’s point of view on physical exercise issues and points of interest.