Now that all the Holi fun is over, it’s time to hit the gym again and work off all those stacks of desi ghee-made sweets, savories, and off course all those spirits we indulged in. Holi is a day to let go and it’s no surprise that our bodies are loaded with all kinds of fats, carbs and sugar post that.
So let’s get to it, let’s utilize all the excesses as fuel for a good workout, let’s get rid of the tons of extra calories and recover from the festive celebrations.
Before walking into the gym, drink a lot of water, at least an hour before, to avoid dehydration. Cardio will the best place to start, get on to the treadmill, cross trainer, spin bike (whatever you prefer) the sugar present in the bloodstream and other reserve locations such as liver etc., will fuel the gruesome cardio workout and empty out the reserves. Alcohol remains in the bloodstream for a longer time, so more cardio would definitely help to cleanup alcohol from the system and prepare the body for the weight training attack.
Moving on to weight training, remember from our previous discussions that carbs fuel weight training, and to a certain extent fats too after the depletion of all the carbs in our system. Now that our body has been rid of all the sugars and metabolized alcohol, it’s the right time to hit weights. The strength and repetitions could go much higher due to the carbs and fat overload in the body, hence a high-intensity workout is recommended.
You’ll notice that the strength is a bit higher, which is due to excess energy, and the muscle response is quite commendable owing to rest days without working out during the festive time. Post completion of the weight training, it’s time for a low-intensity fat burn session. The cardio’s final session will torch the remaining traces of glycogen and fats within the system, and you will walk out of the gym recovering from the excesses of the festive season.
So, for those that have indulged this festive season, hit the gym and focus on this retreating workout to give the body a quick trigger back towards the pre-festive stage.