Expert Advice: 5 Ways to keep fit without going to the gym this holiday!

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Now that the holidays are just round the corner and numerous parties (read: feasts) await us, what better time to get some expert tips from one of the top fitness and health gurus in Nairobi, Laban Motaroki.

Based out of Karen, Laban has been working as a personal trainer and functional training specialist for many years through which he has learned the ins and outs of health and fitness.

According to him, he says that the most important thing is “to keep moving,” which helps keep your body as active as possible.

But given that we’re about to indulge in some good food, great wine and loads of relaxation over the next few weeks for the Christmas holidays, we probably could use a few good tips on how to try keep healthy and fit without hitting the gym six days a week.

Susan Wong, Laban Motaroki and Sharon Mundia
Susan Wong, Laban Motaroki and Sharon Mundia

Simple health and fitness tips

Here are some simple tips from Laban on how to keep fit without having to stop by the gym!

  1. Only going up a few floors? Well try walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. You can also park your car a little further than your actual destination and make sure to give yourself more distance to walk. The main point is to keep as active as possible.
  2. If you have children, make sure to go out and play with them. Not only is it a great way to bond, it’s also going to allow you to work some cardio in. And don’t worry if you don’t have kids yet, this is the time to bond with your nieces, nephews and/or cousins!
  3. Swimming is a great form of exercise because for your body to move forward in water all the muscles are put in action and that’s what propels your body forward. It helps work out your entire body and a particularly great stroke is the backstroke because it reverses all the muscles.
  4. Watch your portions! What you eat and how much you eat is really integral to changing your lifestyle and being more fit. You need to make sure you have all your three major meals everyday (breakfast, lunch dinner) and that it’s as balanced as possible.
  5. Lastly, make sure to get your rest by sleeping 7-8 hours a night, drink lots of water, avoid processed food as much as possible and no matter what, don’t forget to keep moving!
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