3 Simple fitness exercises to keep your body lean this festive season
This the season to be jolly, which also means tis the season you’ll see your belly! Let us look at some ways to prevent that Santa belly from appearing, while being able to enjoy juicy turkey legs and delectable log cakes to the fullest, in just 15 minutes. Yes, you heard me right, 15 minutes. Let’s break down this workout with a festive twist, which uses your own body weight and can be done practically anywhere.
For the following exercises, the number of repetitions is just a suggestion. Aim to hit 100 repetitions in 5 minutes by breaking them into blocks of 20 reps + rest time per minute. You should start with the amount you are comfortable with and slowly work your numbers up each day. The key is working those muscles as much as possible in a short period of time.
1. Candy Cane Push-ups
Push-ups are a great way to build upperbody strength. You don’t need to be an army regular to reap the benefits of this effective and fast exercise. Not only does it engage many of your muscle groups at the same time, you can basically do it on-the-go. By following the above format, the quicker you manage to finish your push-ups per minute, the more rest time you can have. This should give you more motivation and zero excuses to slow down. For beginners, try starting with modified push-ups such as wall push-ups to get your muscles warmed up and used to working. How to do a proper push up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IODxDxX7oi4
2. Turkey Leg Raises
Yum yum… This turkey must be getting you drooling- but hold up! Tone up your legs so that you can enjoy your parties while looking amazing in your festive outfits. Leg lifts might not seem like an important exercise, but it engages your core and butt as well. It is also great for helping with your posture to give you an extra boost of confidence as you mingle around the various dinner celebrations, giving you an extra something to show off besides your dance moves. Here is a video that demonstrates a proper leg raise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB2oyawG9KI
3. Gift Wrapping Air Squats
Air squats are a perfect and low maintenance way to tone your legs and glutes while engaging your core. Burn off those extra candies you snuck off the dessert table by doing 100 repetitions, as with the other exercises. To increase the difficulty, use some dumbbells as weights, which will help you tone your arms and give you nice shoulders as well. How to do a proper air squat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_VtOYc6j5c
There you go, 3 extremely easy exercises you can accomplish during your holiday downtime or between festive events! Do these to an upbeat Christmas playlist to give you more motivation and get you into the festive mood even more. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day and cut down on alcoholic or caffeinated beverages if you can. Making these tiny changes will let you indulge in festive treats without feeling guilty, as long as you remain consistent and disciplined to tone up every day!
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