The winter festive season is knocking on our doors. Friends and family coming for a visit, cooking goodies, shopping for the Christmas tree, decorations, presents…it’s again “the most wonderful time of the year.” But don’t let your busier-than-usual social schedule derail your fitness plans during the holidays if you want to be in your best shape for the New Year’s Eve party. This quick and effective pre-holiday workout will help you out. No matter where you are, you can stick to this routine for fifteen to thirty minutes.
Walk the Plank. Start in a prone plank position, with weight on the hands and balls of the feet. Walk your hands and feet out simultaneously to the right, keeping your abs tight, shoulders away from ears and core strong. Keep your buttocks down and repeat, before switching directions and walking out with your left hand and foot, twice. You have to do this exercise four times and only then incorporate a push-up after each sideways walk.
Plie Squat. Stand with feet wider than hip-width apart, toes pointing outward. With hands on your hips, squat down until your buttocks is parallel to your knees. Return to standing position and repeat this move 16 times.
Power Skip. This is a blood-pumping cardio move that will help you get warmed up. Begin with both feet flat on the floor. As if you were marching in place, lift your left knee to your waist while simultaneously pumping your right arm to the sky. Switch sides and alternate movement 32 times. Keep your chest back straight while performing the exercise, using the lower abdominals to assist in lifting the leg. Then do this exercise again by jumping the standing foot off the floor.
Running for 7 minutes will make you burn more than 10 calories per minute but you will not burn too much fat: only 20% fat and 80% carbohydrates, which means that if you want to lose weight you will have to do more than running.
Bench hops. After the running, find a bench and face it, bend over and place hands on both sides. Grip the edges of the bench and hop your right leg out laterally, bringing your left leg to meet it. Repeat on left side. Do 16 alternating reps. You can also boost the intensity of this exercise by jumping both legs together to either side of the bench.
Walk home. This not only burns a good proportion of stored fat it can also burn a large amount of calories especially performed for longer durations and at a brisk pace. Walking is said to be one of the best exercises for losing weight, the percentage of fat burning being around 55%.
Housework. After you finished this exercises, you can go back home and do what you need to do – dusting, washing up, cooking etc. It may seem unusual to include these types of activities when in a workout routine, but they can be a great aid for speeding metabolism. Total calories burned would be much higher and result in a great amount of fat burned.
Remember that besides helping you stay fit, this workout routine will also help you to feel mentally and physically prepared for the inevitable stress of the holiday season.