Stay fit during the holidays – Four Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The holidays can be a bit of a bittersweet occurrence for fitness freaks. It is a time when we must fortify our resolves to protect the muscle-gains and fat-losses that we made during the year.

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Fasted or Morning Cardio

This is by far the best way to stay fit during the holidays. Ideally, you should wake up in the morning and indulge in some intense cardio so your body immediately starts cutting into stored body-fat for energy. If you’re not a morning person, you could exercise after a four-hour fast.

High-Intensity Interval-Training and Full-Body Blasts

Essentially, this involves replacing long hours in the gym with shorter yet intense workouts with minimal breaks and maximum intensity. By alternating between cardio and bodyweight exercises you can wire your body into a fat-burning machine.

Capitalise on Seasonal Activities

Snow-shoeing, sledding, hiking, ice-skating, all of these activities can burn from 400 to 1000 calories per hour! Many overseas holiday packages are also available by entities such as Aitken Spence Holidays, with many offering a multitude of adventurous activities in foreign nations.

Find a Partner

Having a partner, or even a group of friends who you exercise with, can be a brilliant way to keep yourself motivated since you can encourage each other, and allow yourself to be encouraged to stick to a plan and not give in to temptation.

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Visit Fort Aguada – Iconic Goa attractions

Everybody knows Goa is the ideal beach hangout spot in India, but what you might not know is the historic place you must visit when in Goa.

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The Fort

If you want a glimpse at what the architecture of the Portuguese military was like, you must visit Fort Aguada. The fort walls are as high as 5 metres in the taller spots and the walls themselves are about 1 to 2 metres thick. Over the years, these walls have faced and stood strong in front of the fiercest storms and thrashing waves.

History

Fort Aguada was built as a monument to the skilful engineering construction capabilities of the Portuguese. Many luxury hotels in Goa have the influence of this architecture too and are a beauty to look at. The Fort was built for 3 years and the construction ended in 1612.

Location

If you are put up at a place near Vasco de Gama or Majorda the likes of Alila Diwa Goa, then the Fort is close to 2 hours away, even 1.5 hours if the roads are free of traffic.

When to go

The Fort is open to visitors every day of the week, and opens at 9.30am and stays so until 6.00pm. If you are planning on dedicating a day to visiting this historic site, make sure the weather forecast doesn’t warn you of rains and pack a picnic to go!

 

 

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Diving Guide – The Maldives and Under

Anyone who ever plans to visit the Maldives will surely have diving in mind, it is one of the must-try activities on the islands.

Diving

Diving resorts in Maldives the likes of Anantara Veli Maldives Resort provide an extraordinary experience as the clear blue waters let you see every colour and beautiful coral reef the seabed has to offer. Planning your vacation ahead lets you put together the perfect holiday activities for your tastes, be it a lazy day lounging on the beach or having thrilling adventures.

The top sites

Literally, every island in the Maldives will have a diving spot around it, and of them, all the greatest dives are at the Fotteyo Kandu, Kuredu Express, Okobe Thila, Kandooma Thila, Broken Rock and Kudarah Thila. These sites have some of the most vibrant fishes and are home to both soft and hard corals respectively.

The world under

The water is not chilling and the temperature stays around 27 degrees throughout the year. Diving can be done during all the months except the monsoon periods and during the sunnier days, the visibility underwater can up to an impressive 70 feet.

What to expect

Manta rays, tuna, eagle rays, a variety of sharks and more pelagic animals can be found in the open ocean near the reefs.

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