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Keeping Fit Over the Holidays and A Fitness Gift Guide


Hi Friends

Sugar cookies, fancy cocktails, chocolate. My mom used to make Buckeyes, those melt in your mouth, chocolately peanut butter balls of goodness. Hungry yet? I know all of these tasty confections can derail healthy habits, but I don’t believe in depriving myself during the Holiday Season either.  I have always loved baking cookies with my mom and enjoying them. I think balance is the best way to stay in shape during the season of sweet treats. So, moderation is key.

Home Workout- What I’m Wearing

We had snow and ice this week, so these workout photos were taken inside.

It does help to have nice workout wear. I could easily wear sweatpants and an old sweatshirt being at home, but part of the motivation is having some workout wear that makes you feel good! I bought these pieces on Nordstrom rack. These floral leggings by Zella, were sold out initially in the Nordstrom sale this fall, but I found them on discount at Nordstrom Rack. I am wearing a Small and they are comfortable.

The grey pullover is fitted and keeps me warm. I would love to find one that does more wicking. The pullover is a small .This one is similar.

The Nike sneakers are blush and navy are from Amazon. 

Working Out During the Holidays

Today I thought I would share some of my exercises, and how I try to keep fit along with a gift guide for any fitness fan. Before I get into that, I thought I would share a post I wrote last year, Tips to Being Proactive with your Health. 

I have always been active, from spinning class, cycling, hiking, swimming and more, my routine had to change a bit when I was diagnosed with EDS. I wouldn’t be able to spin or cycle, and I needed a workout that was not too hard on the muscles or intense. I decided that swimming was always something I enjoyed and I will go to the gym to swim. I also walk and do weight lifting currently, and find it important to keep a bit of variety in my workout.  My goals are to continue to keep fit, and to keep my muscular knots at bay by strengthening muscles. I also have fatigue and lower energy due to Menopause and my EDS, so exercise helps to give me more energy and improve my mood.

I am 5 foot 9 and 120 pounds, so it is about maintenance and healthy lifestyle for me. Trigger points from EDS are more likely when the muscles are weak, so I have exercises to do for PT as well as strengthening exercises I do on my own. Exercise helps with energy levels, and between my EDS and Menopause, I need all of the energy I can get. So, I would like to increase my energy levels, build more muscle strength, and keep up a healthy lifestyle.

You know it isn’t always easy when it is below freezing outside to take a walk. You know when it is cold and windy and your ears hurt from the temps?

My treadmill died this year, I would use it in the garage, with a space heater, but since then, I have had to create another way to exercise at home.

I do walk outside, as we have a wooded outdoor trail in the back of our house, that is 1.5 miles long.

If it is too cold, I will then work out at home with my workout mat  and yoga videos. If you are a member of Amazon Prime, there are Prime workout videos of all types. I can use my mat and equipment in the Great Room while seeing the fitness video on the TV.

I have a PT routine I need to do for my condition, but beyond that lifting light weights helps to keep the trigger points at bay more, and strengthening is so important as we age as well. Osteoporosis and osteopenia can be prevented to some degree with weight lifting, and is important as we age.

I think it is important to continue a workout during the Holidays, even if the motivation lessens and all you can think about are Holiday Parties and a yummy meal on Christmas Day. Even 20-30 minutes of a routine will help you feel better, and give you the energy you need to be busy during the holiday season. I know my energy level has certainly waned since having EDS, as well as Menopause. Even a small amount of exercise can help boost my energy.

I love this Nike lace up sweatshirt.

Cozy jacket and I like that it keeps your neck warm!

Home Workout Equipment

I use kettlebells, dumb bells, therabands, a medicine ball, weighted bands for strength training. I have always believed that variety helps as well, when you are looking for an exercise routine. 

Kettlebells are great and I use them for shoulders, bicep, tricep and leg exercises.

Squats can be done with kettlebells, or I will hold a medicine ball for squats.

Try walking lunges with weights at your side for leg exercises. I use dumb bells.

I have always enjoyed working out my abs. By having strong abdominals, you are also creating core strength; this in turn will help your back muscles. I use the medicine ball to do crunches, and I used to love to use an incline bench and throw the ball to my partner.

I use the TV for different workout videos to keep my interest. Variety is the key!

Here I use the theraband, which comes in different colors ( different resistance) to do a hip exercise. ( Its called The Clam)

I have always had strong legs and used to leg press over 300 pounds at the gym. Now I work using my body and love “old school” exercises like the plank, squats with weights, lunges with dumb bells.

The great thing about using a mat, therabands and weighted bands is that these are things that you can take with you anywhere, and are great for travel too..

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Fitness Gift Guide

For those who love fitness or want a start to a healthier lifestyle, I have added some Fitness  gift ideas.

Come on! You remember this? I used to watch him when he has his studio on tv! Brings back memories!

Have a great weekend!
More Holiday blog posts on the way!

Jess xx

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 16:00h, 14 December Reply

    Jess you look amazing in your workout gear!! I prefer to work out at home. I’ve tried it all. Thankfully at the moment I have a machine so I don’t have to think – just keep up with it haha! xx Maria

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:29h, 15 December Reply

      I know what you mean, I prefer at home too. We hope to get a treadmill for the house. 🙂 xx

  • Angela
    Posted at 12:58h, 14 December Reply

    Cute workout set. I am always more motivated if I have good gear. It’s nice to be able to workout inside when it’s too cold outside! That wooded trail sounds nice.

    Angela |

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:30h, 15 December Reply

      Thank you! Yes, inside when it is too cold! xx

  • Laurie
    Posted at 12:13h, 14 December Reply

    Cute tights! I always feel better after a workout or a run. Sometimes I can get a little bit stressed or down during the holidays, and my motivation for exercise is pretty low. I force myself to just get started, and I always feel better afterward.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:31h, 15 December Reply

      Thank you! Yes, it is all about getting started.

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 10:24h, 14 December Reply

    Oh, I want to see those wedge sneakers! Yes, the outfit is comfy and that is important with workout wear too. I know what you mean about baking, same here. I think about all of the cookies my mom would make with me during the Holidays- 4 kids in the house. You too! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 10:00h, 14 December Reply

    I just bought some new leggings at the thrift store. We’ve been doing some online yoga, and it’s been great!!
    As for the baked goods, it’s so hard because I have such a sweet tooth. Although I’m much better than in the past.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:25h, 14 December Reply

      That sounds great Jodie! I am checking out some of the Amazon Prime exercise videos on TV, and its great for variety. xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 07:09h, 14 December Reply

    I wore my Zella leggings yesterday! Love them and you scored a great deal on them at Rack! They are so pretty and those sneakers go so well. I wore mine out for a day of errands and to the dentist with my new wedge sneakers. I love baking and cookies are my love language! I haven’t started baking yet because we don’t really have anyone to share the baked goods with and I’m pretty much the only one who will be eating them all the time – my boys can take the baked goods or leave them – boo! I may do a little baking this weekend just because I love it so much! Hope you have a great weekend my friend!

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