Holiday time can spell disaster for a diet and exercise plan. Thanksgiving can be especially difficult for with the smorgasbord of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and decadent desserts tempting everyone at the table! Not to mention, the general lethargy of hanging out with family: I know I’d rather snuggle up on the couch watching a Law and Order marathon then get my butt out the door for a jog.
But I find the biggest challenge for maintaining healthy habits during the holidays is the break in routine. Traveling home for Thanksgiving and Christmas doesn’t just mean living out of a suitcase for a week, it means I leave all my regularly scheduled activity behind. The hardest thing for me to adjust to is not being able to go to my yoga and Pilates classes. I can substitute the treadmill at the gym with my local sidewalk, but I don’t have an instructor waiting at home to cajole me through an hour of backbends and core exercises.
Thankfully, there are some great online resources for amateur yogis spending time out of the studio. A friend recommended MyYogaOnline, which has a great online selection of videos to guide through a DIY yoga practice. I liked that you can narrow down by type of yoga, level of intensity, and duration. I didn’t have time to take an hour away from relatives every day, but even a quick 15 minute session helped me feel refreshed, distressed, and little less guilty about all the pumpkin pie I ate! The best part was the videos were FREE, just what I needed to get through the week and back to my regular routine.
Another great online yoga site – tarastiles.com – is run by BBL expert and author of the upcoming “Yoga Cures,” Tara Stiles. Tara is the master of the 5-minute refresher practice and her poses are perfect for all the little aches and pains you accumulate when you travel. (That kink in my neck from sleeping on my tray table during the two hour flight? Gone!) Being able to mix and match short routines based on need is perfect for vacation mode, when sometimes you just need five minutes away from all the family togetherness. Namaste!