Keeping fit over the holidays may seem an impossible task. If you’re like most of us, you probably count on falling completely off the fitness horse and then gearing up to get back in gear come January. Talk about more work and stress, and amplifying the January blues at the other end! Wouldn’t it be great to use the momentum of the holidays as an incentive to stay fit? While all of the delicious foods that go hand-in-hand with the holidays are hard to resist, and all the preparation and social activities makes time for exercise even more scarce, it is the time we should be getting our ‘sweat on’ more than ever! Who doesn’t want to look their best at all the holiday parties, events and gatherings AND if that’s not enough incentive, how about New Years Eve? Nothing will be more fun than ringing in the New Year feeling and looking your best. Like anything else, health and fitness really is so much about your attitude and mindset. If you decide you’re going to blow it, or believe December is the holiday month, and therefore gives you permission to fall off the wagon, you are setting yourself up for failure, and trust me losing weight is a LOT harder than simply not gaining it in the first place, which is why I created this workout especially for this time of year! I present to you (drum roll please), the Ultimate holiday workout! Why? Because you don’t need a lot of time, or even space or equipment. You can take this routine with you wherever your holiday travels take you, and you can always squeeze in 15-20 minutes (you just may have to re-prioritize a little). But trust me, it’s worth it, not only is the workout designed to torch calories, fat and tone every muscle on your body, it will make you FEEL better and look more radiant and confident.
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What to do:
5 rounds of the below! Each round has 10 exercises and you will do 10 reps of each exercise, moving from one to the next without taking a recovery. At the end of each round take 20-30 seconds to recover.
10 Gravity Defying Push-Ups (level one incline push ups)
10 Super Split Jump (level one – lunge steps)
10 No-Hands-Get-Up (level one – use hands or cross legs)
10 Oblique Mountain Climbers
10 Tricep Dips (level one – bend knees)
10 Leg Ups – Arm-Ups
10 Back Ups
10 Squat Jumps (level one -squats with arms up)
10 Plank Shoulder Ups (level one knees on ground)
10 Hip Ups
AUTHOR: Amanda Russell