yoga handstand pose

Holiday Handstand Practice

Workouts

Practice, practice, practice! Today as I was decorating my house for the holidays I wanted to practice one of my favorite and hardest yoga poses in a festive way in my Christmas sweater, of course! And I got a little tangled in my Christmas Lights too. For Day 16 of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge, try posing in your favorite yoga pose (if you do yoga) or any active stance in your Christmas holiday sweater! (Probably stay away from the lights because that got a little complicated) Make sure to stretch before and after activities. Be safe, have fun, and stay active!

christmas circuit

Christmas Cardio Circuit

Workouts

It’s Monday Motivation again for Day 15 of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge. Start this week with a sweaty workout that will kickstart the rest of your awesome week! Today I got a good one here for you! The challenge is to create a fun, exciting playlist of holiday jams and then complete this circuit as fast as you can. If you need to take breaks definitely do so and then when you are ready, continue where you left off. This will get your cardio going, blood pumpin’, and your muscles workin’!

The circuit routine:
15 pushups
30 sit-ups
40 lunges (20 on each leg)
20 jumping-jacks
30 squats
Repeat this 4 times!

For a great holiday workout music mix check out the Youtube mix called “Ultimate Christmas Party MegaMix by DJ pluTONYum.” I liked that one the best.

You CAN do it!! Don’t ever think that you can’t!

Holidays.. The Best and Worst Time of the Year.. The Holiday Stress

Diabetic Tips, Workouts

The holidays are the best time of the year, but also, they can be the worst. With the holidays come happiness and cheer, but also… the stress. Type 1 Diabetes and stress are like oil and water… they do not mix! Stress in your body and mind can naturally create long-term high blood glucose levels. These long-term stresses are actually mainly from mental stresses. When you are stressed, your body pumps out the adrenaline and cortisol hormones that alter your blood sugars to rise. Day 14 of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge I want you to focus on yourself. I would like for you to go escape from the holiday chaos for at least an hour and do something that relaxes you and relieves your stress. It can be anything from drawing, writing, watching a movie, running, walking, anything. For me, I like to go do something active. I love to —, afterwards my endorphins kick in and I feel like a whole new happy person ready to attack that hecticness in a new light!

elf movie workout

No Couch Potato Butts This Holiday Season

Workouts

“Santaaaa! I know him, I know him!!”

During the holiday season everyone loves watching the classic Christmas films… But not many people make it into a workout! Day 13 of the Type Happy Challenge is to watch your favorite Christmas movie while doing 5 sets of 50 squats periodically throughout the film and you must finish before the movie ends! I watched “Elf” of course!

Get those glutes lookin’ good for Santa!

christmas house

Holiday House Hunting Happiness

Workouts

One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is look at the neighborhood holiday lights and decorations. Day 11 for the Type Happy Challenge is to run, walk, bike, rollerblade, or any form of active movement through your neighborhood to look at the lights. This is a great, fun workout that doesn’t even seem like you are doing any work. I biked six miles around my neighborhood looking at some extremely festive houses! This picture was one of my favorite houses that I saw today, they went above and beyond anything that I have seen! Keep in mind, for me, long endurance activities put me personally more at risk for getting a low, so just be aware with your body. Make sure to bring a buddy, use the buddy system, and bring that emergency glucose. Safety first!

Now go find your favorite house!