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Healthy for the Holidays Fitness Plan: Intervals

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Welcome to Day 4: Healthy for the Holidays!

Your Day 4 workout is a focused cardio and body-weight strength interval session that doesn’t require any equipment and can easily be done in a small space at home or in a hotel.

In our workout video below, we’ll alternate cardio intervals with body-weight strength moves for a two-in-one workout! I’ll show you options throughout the routine so you can make the moves work for you and adjust to your current fitness level as you see fit.

Prefer to do your own routine? Schedule 15–20 minutes of your favorite interval-style workout, and check in with us in the comments below or on social media once you are done.

Today’s Healthy for the Holidays Tip: Stay hydrated!

Drinking enough water is not only good for weight loss, but it also helps you fight the extra travel and cold and flu bugs that this season typically brings. Need help making it happen? Check out these 20 great life hacks for drinking more water.

Let me help you fit in fitness 10 minutes at a time with my brand new “Walk On: 10 Minute Quick Walk Mix!” This at-home exercise program features cardio, strength and flexibility routines that work with even the busiest of schedules.

Day 4: Interval Strength + Cardio Workout

This workout can be logged as “AEROBICS, HIGH IMPACT” in your MyFitnessPal app.

Tell us when you’ve completed today’s workout. Share it in the comments below, or tag us in your check-ins @MyFitnessPal so we can cheer you on!


More Healthy for the Holidays Workouts

> Join Our Healthy for the Holidays Fitness Plan
> Day 3: Abs, Back + Stability


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10 Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Dishes from Around the World

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Tired of the same old holiday fare? Take your family on a global adventure without leaving the house with these 10 holiday dishes from around the world.

1. Italy: Fig + Parma Ham on Crostini | The Foodie’s Way

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If you’re looking for a simple but elegant party appetizer for the holiday, there’s no need to look any further. This recipe tops toasted baguette slices with creamy Gorgonzola, thyme-infused figs and crispy Parma ham for a sweet and savory starter that’ll win over the crowd! Recipe makes 20 servings at 1 crostini each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 71; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 5mg; Sodium: 181mg; Carbohydrate: 7g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 3g

2. France: Easy Slow Cooker Coq Au Vin | The Scrumptious Pumpkin

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Holidays can be a hectic whirlwind — especially if you’re the one in charge of cooking. Keep your mind at ease by leaning on your slow cooker. After some simple prep, sit back and let your slow cooker deliver the classic rich, hearty flavors of coq au vin. Recipe makes 4 servings each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 409; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 105mg; Sodium: 186mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 41g

3. Japan: Winter Soba Noodle Soup | Food, Fitness, Fresh Air

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Made with butternut squash, mushrooms, tofu and seaweed, this loaded soup is hearty, nourishing and downright soothing. Chili-infused sesame oil is drizzled over the noodles for added spice and warmth. Recipe makes 6 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 375; Total Fat: 25g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 11g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 460mg; Carbohydrate: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 12g

4. Middle East: Baba Ghannouj (Eggplant Dip) | About Food

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Baba ghannouj is a popular Middle Eastern dip made from eggplants and tahini. Smooth and creamy, it’s the perfect companion to pita bread and veggie sticks. Recipe makes 6 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 95; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 401mg; Carbohydrate: 6g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 3g

5. United Kingdom: Low-Sugar Christmas Biscuits | BBC Good Foods
Even if you’re watching your sugar levels, you can still make your holiday sweet by making a batch of these low-sugar biscuits! They’re quick to bake and a fun recipe that gets the entire family involved. Recipe makes 36 servings at 1 biscuit each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 48; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 11mg; Sodium: 2mg; Carbohydrate: 5g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 1g

6. Spain: Easy Arroz Con Leche (Rice Pudding) | Latin Meets Lagniappe

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This thick and creamy Spanish rice pudding is bursting with sweet flavors and warming spices. The ultimate holiday comfort food, it’s a sugary delight to be saved for this special time of the year. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 283; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 106mg; Sodium: 198mg; Carbohydrate: 47g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 27g; Protein: 10g

7. Sweden: Gingerbread Men Cookies | Minimalist Baker

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After you bake a batch of these tender gingerbread men cookies, call over your kids, siblings, parents and grandparents because it’s time to start decorating! It’s a plus that they’re also vegan and gluten-free. Recipe makes 30 servings at 1 cookie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 78; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 93mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 1g

8. Germany: Chestnut Stuffing | The Parsley Thief
Sweet and toasty chestnuts roasting on an open fire are arguably the epitome of the holidays. This recipe pairs them with leeks and tart apples for a stuffing that’ll complement any holiday roast. Recipe makes 6 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 289; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 10g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 47mg; Sodium: 186mg; Carbohydrate: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 3g

9. Mexico: Scrumptious Chicken Posole | What’s Gaby Cooking

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Posole is a comforting Mexican dish that’s simple, light and healthy. Toppings like diced avocado, lime wedges and chopped onions are the key to making this chicken posole extra satisfying, so be sure to have them at the ready. To keep sodium levels in check, use no-salt-added chicken stock and low-sodium hominy (corn that’s been soaked in an alkaline solution). Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 252; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 97mg; Sodium: 699mg; Carbohydrate: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 38g

10. Brazil: Manjar Branco (Coconut Pudding) | Brazilian Foodie
Manjar branco (or white custard pudding in Portuguese) is a simple coconut-prune dessert traditionally served during the holidays. Made in a Bundt pan, manjar branco is a decorative dish that’ll have all eyes on the dessert table. Recipe makes 16 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 101; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 6mg; Sodium: 28mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 2g

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Healthy for the Holidays Fitness Plan: Abs, Back + Stability

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Welcome to Day 3: Healthy for the Holidays!

Your Day 3 workout is a core strength session that doesn’t require any equipment (though you might want to use a mat or a towel for the floor work). This routine is easy to do in a small space in your hotel or at home and can be adapted for most fitness levels.

In our workout video below, we’ll perform exercises designed to help build balance, stability and functional core strength. I’ll show you options throughout the workout so you can make the moves work for you and adjust to your current fitness level as needed.

Prefer to do your own routine? Schedule 15–20 minutes of your favorite core-focused workout, and check in with us in the comments below or on social media once you are done.

Today’s Healthy for the Holidays Tip: Snack smart!

You can still enjoy yourself at that holiday gathering without going overboard by making the right choices. Choose healthier options whenever possible for your favorite treats (like these 12 holiday food swaps) to save calories without deprivation.

Let me help you fit in fitness 10 minutes at a time with my brand new “Walk On: 10 Minute Quick Walk Mix!” This at-home exercise program features cardio, strength and flexibility routines that work with even the busiest of schedules.

Day 3: The A.B.S. (Abs, Back + Stability) Workout

This workout can be logged as “PILATES” in your MyFitnessPal app

Tell us when you’ve completed today’s workout. Share it in the comments below, or tag us in your check-ins @MyFitnessPal so we can cheer you on!


More Healthy for the Holidays Workouts

> Join Our Healthy for the Holidays Fitness Plan
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> Day 2: Total-Body Training


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5 Yoga Poses To Boost Mood Instantly!

Yoga Poses To Boost Mood Instantly!

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How do you feel today? All energized or dull and droopy? Usually there are days in life when your mood is totally off. The worst part is that you don’t even seem to know why you feel anxious, stressed and irritated. No matter how much you effort you put in to revive your good mood, you simply can’t do it.

It happens to all of us and you are not alone. Studies say that a crunch in the supply of oxygenated blood to the brain can affect an individual’s mood negatively. Now, you must be wondering what can be done about it?  Well, yoga can help you out! It is said that when you stretch you release hormones called endorphins that increase the flow of blood that is oxygen rich. By taking time out each day to do yoga poses will help in improving the circulation of blood and your mood.

Here are 5 yoga poses to boost mood instantly! You will be surprised to discover your frown change into a smile.

1) Fish pose

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Fish pose or matsyasana helps in opening up the chest and throat, thereby allowing blood rich in oxygen to flow back to the throat and enter the brain. Fish pose is said to be helpful in managing anxiety. It reduces the aches and pains that can be the underlying reason of your bad mood. You should try to do fish pose right before heading to bed as it is a wonderful way of getting a good night’s sleep and be ready for the new dawn!

2) Child’s pose

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Child’s pose or balasana is a very common pose in yoga practices. The reason behind this is that it is restful and good for the brain. The pose makes the practitioner enter a dome-like shape that stretches the back, hips and the thighs. This stretching release endorphins and helps in calming down the mind.

3) Inversions

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In yoga there are inversions such as the downward dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), headstand (Sirsasana) and big toe (Padangusthasana). These poses help in maintaining and lowering blood pressure. A high blood pressure can lead to mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Unfortunately people suffering with these disorders have to bear the pain silently as the society at large is not aware of these problems.

The inversion poses in yoga also help to manage the symptoms linked with hormone challenges.

4) Boat pose

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The boat pose is a great yoga pose for building a stronger core and strengthening your limbs. There is more to the pose, like you can think of sitting in a real boat and fighting the storm in the sea. While practicing this pose you fight the negative thoughts in your mind. Focus on your breathing and stay strong. Just remember that the sea will get calmer ahead. This will give some respite to your mind.

5) Balance poses

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Poses such as tree pose (Vriksasana) or eagle pose (Garudasana) need concentration. By doing these poses, you take away all the troubles from your mind. Keep your focus on your breathing and the pose will help you stay in the moment and maintain your balance, both physically and mentally.

Practice these yoga poses to boost mood instantly!

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