It's the hap-happiest time of the year! And also, one of the busiest. And blah, blah, blah, you can always make time for anything if you truly want to, blah, blah, blah, but let's be real, sometimes finding ANY extra time in between shopping for Hannukah or Christmas presents, spending time with family, and mailing out Christmas cards can be a real challenge. But rather than just throwing up your hands and giving up on the idea of working out at all over the holidays, why not commit to just twenty-minutes 3+ days a week? While 20 minutes may not be enough time to make huge fitness gains, it IS enough time to keep your foundation strong, get the blood flowing, and burn off some steam. And why not enlist family members or friends as well? Working out with others increases endorphins and camaraderie, and makes you more likely to repeat the experience. Bonus: even a short workout can help keep your brain in check when it comes to food cravings, which abound during the holiday season.
This workout requires ZERO equipment, very little space, and works every major muscle group. Got 20 minutes? No, not really? Then try doing this workout when you first wake up in the morning; it's a wonderful way to wake you up and set the tone for the day. And if setting your alarm for 20 minutes earlier is against your moral code, then squeeze this in during your lunch break. Trust me, you'll feel better and be better able to handle the inevitably uncomfortable conversations that arise with distant family members over the dinner table.
The Super-Simple, Super-Quick, Do-Anywhere Workout
**Try to complete with little to no break in between exercises**
Jumping Jacks- 30 sec
Plank- 30 sec
Sumo Squats with Arms Overhead (turn feet out to a 45 degrees)- 15 reps
Jog-in-place/High Knees- 30 sec
Push-ups (modify on knees if needed)- 12 reps
Mountain climbers- 30 sec
Reverse Lunges- 12 on the Right; 12 on the Left
Side-to-side Hops- 30 sec
Tricep Dips- 12 reps
Walking lunges, or forward lunges in place- 20 reps, alternating legs
Jumping Jacks- 30 sec
**Repeat 3 times**
That's it! All of these exercises should be familiar from gym class, but if not, a quick Google search can provide you with details. It should take just about 20 minutes (perhaps a bit less if you're super-speedy). If you try it, let me know how it goes! Drop me a line or post in the comments; I'd love to hear from you!
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