Eating Well


Not only does the festive season bring about changes to our environment, it also affects our emotions. As a result, looking forward to the celebrations could end up with us losing track of our fitness goals.

13 Dec 2019

Excessive consumption of unhealthy festive foods could also lead towards substantial weight gain if not equalled with proper exercise. Here are some workout tips that you can implement as part of your holiday workout plan for this festive season.



Yoga is capable of burning fat although it is not regarded as an aerobic exercise. The practice of active and intense styles of yoga can be the perfect holiday workout plan to burn calories and prevent weight gain. Ashtanga, vinyasa and power yoga are some examples of physical yoga, whereas hatha and yin are deemed to be more relaxed forms of yoga. A combination of both active and relaxed yoga will enable you to burn fat, strengthen your muscles, improve flexibility and avoid injuries.

The practice of yoga also helps you to develop mindfulness. It helps you become more aware of your eating habits, since foods consumed are known to have a direct impact on the mind, body and spirit. This allows yoga practitioners to resist unhealthy foods and recognise when their stomach is full.


Running is also a perfect addition to your holiday workout plan as it has proven to be especially effective in burning stomach fat. Do consider one of Fitness First’s exclusive signature classes called Surge. This class combines speed, stamina, agility, and power training exercises for a full-body workout.

For regular treadmill running, start slow and build up pace moderately. More importantly, learn to practice deep belly breathing. Determine a breathing pattern that uses this technique, as opposed to shallow chest breathing. Shallow chest breathing is not suitable for long-distance running. As you advance, you will be able to strengthen your cardiovascular fitness and burn the excess fat.



BODYBALANCE® incorporates Tai Chi and Pilates elements in a workout that involves a series of yoga moves. Accompanied by a calming soundtrack, the stretching and bending movements of the routine will help you stay relaxed throughout.

The important things that you will need to focus on during the routine are controlled breathing, concentration, and proper execution of each movement in order to achieve improvement of mind, body and spirit.




Cycling is another form of exercise that works all the major muscle groups in your body. A low-impact form of exercise, cycling builds muscular strength, improves stamina and aerobic fitness. It is also known to improve mental health by reducing stress levels and anxiety.

If you are a beginner to cycling, start with a low-intensity and gradually progress to more physically demanding workouts once your body starts getting comfortable with a specific intensity. A low-impact indoor cycling workout called RPM™ is provided by Fitness First. This cycling class is accompanied by great music and involves a journey of hill climbs, sprints and flat rides. It is a great way to develop a sense of achievement, burn calories, get lean, and improve aerobic fitness as part of body goals for your holiday workout plan.

Les Mills Tone™

 A workout that can be done at your own pace, Les Mills Tone™ involves a combination of cardio, core and strength training. It mainly uses lunges, squats, functional training and tubing exercises. You are recommended to begin with 1 or 2 classes a week and progress gradually. In time, it will help you to build fitness and strength, improve energy levels, flexibility, speed, balance, agility and core strength.

Healthy holiday weight loss can be achieved through consistency in practicing a workout plan. Together with a nutritious diet and adequate rest, you will be able to notice positive changes to your body as the season progresses.