From last-minute baking to unexpected blizzards, the holidays know how to turn a girl upside down. Despite the added stress, a good workout can keep us feeling as sweet as a warm mug of cocoa. Even if you don’t have a team of sled dogs to take you to the gym, you can still work up a sweat with these at-home Skinnygirl exercises.
How to: Stand with your feet spread slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Hold your arms straight out in front of your body at shoulder level. With your torso upright and abdomen engaged, bend your knees and lower your body as far as you can. Pause for 2-3 seconds, then return to the starting position. Complete three sets of 15-20 repetitions.
How to: Lie flat on your stomach with your arms out in front of you and your legs outstretched behind you. Keeping your head aligned with your spine, simultaneously reach your arms forward and legs backward for 3-5 seconds. Repeat three sets of 10-15 repetitions.
How to:Lie on the ground on your side with your shoulder in-line with your elbow. Lift yourself up into a plank position and hold for 30-60 seconds. Repeat three sets per side.
How to: Lie on your stomach with your hands shoulder-width apart. Engage your abdominals and start to draw one knee at a time towards your hands, moving as quickly as possible. Complete three sets of 45-second repetitions.
The big flavors of Thanksgiving come around just once a year, but the high calories it brings with it last longer than we might like. Still, the holidays never have been—and never should be—a time for restraint. Rather, indulge away with these healthy and delicious alternatives to sugar-heavy classics—all of which offer maximum satisfaction with minimal calorie counts.
As busy as a girl’s life can be, there’s no shame in feeling tired as the day drags on. While a cup of coffee with Skinnygirl Sweetener is an afternoon pick-me-up, there are many other natural ways to stay energized. Here are some of our favorites:
Get your day started the right way with a hearty breakfast. Even if you don’t have time to cook up a storm, a Skinnygirl Mixed Berry Smoothie is a quick, delicious way to get going.
Before you jump out of bed (or hit the snooze button), stretch out your muscles starting at your toes and working up. Once you make it to your head, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running.
One of the best ways to feel more awake is simply through proper hydration. If a glass of H2O doesn’t knock the sleep from your eyes, you can always splash a little on your face.
You may think that energy is no laughing matter—but a good chuckle is one of the best ways to perk up. Next time you’re feeling drowsy, search for a quick Comedy Sketch instead of an energy drink.
A good tea party always makes us feel better, but it can help you feel more energized too. If you’re at risk of falling asleep at your desk, it might just be time for a spot of green tea.
There may be no more natural way to feel refreshed than stepping out of the office and into the sun. Like a plant growing in the sun’s rays, you’ll instantly feel refreshed after a brief stint outdoors.