It’s not always easy to find a gym, so you can definitely still squeeze this routine in at home…
Working out during the holiday season isn’t always easy. There’s weather, traffic, and laziness to deal with. In order to avoid falling out of your routine, however, you should still push yourself to do something to increase your heart rate. If nothing else, look at it as a way to free up some extra calories for a few more homemade chocolate chip cookies.
While traveling, we don’t always have access to a gym, so here’s a great routine that you can perform at home with just a few feet of space and an open wall:
It’s a circuit routine that you’ll want to perform entirely before any rest. Do all of the moves, then rest for 45 seconds and start again. Perform 4 rounds of the circuit.
Lunges are a classic move that will keep your hips, core, and legs in shape. This is a great workout during the holidays where you’re probably sitting around a lot more than you do in your everyday life. With your hands on your hips, step forward and lean into the lunge, then press back to starting position. Do 10 reps on each side.
Starting in a pushup position, jump your right foot to the outside of your right hand, hold for a beat and then alternate, jumping your left foot to your left hand and returning your right foot the the starting position. This will heavily engage your core and speed up your heart rate to burn off excess calories. Perform 10 reps on each side.
Similar to wall-sits, except you’re going to be pushing up and then lowering back down. Start with your back against the wall, knees slightly bent, with your feet about 18 inches from the wall. You’ll need enough room to lower yourself to a squat position. With control, lower yourself until your thighs are parallel with the ground and then slowly push back to starting position. This will engage your quadriceps and core. Perform 15 reps.
Get into a pushup position. Lower yourself as if you were going to perform a normal pushup but as you get to the bottom of the move, bring your right knee up towards your armpit so that it almost looks like you’re Spiderman scaling the side of a building. Once at the bottom of the pushup, raise yourself back into starting position and simultaneously return your right leg to starting position. Repeat the pushup and do the same on your left side. Do 10 reps on each side.
This is a great move to allow your body to recover while still engaging your core muscles. Lay on your back and bring your knees up so your upper legs are perpendicular to the ground. Cross your feet at the ankle. Putting your hands behind your head, slowly raise your upper body until your shoulder blades are off of the ground. Then slowly return back to the start. Perform 15 reps.
That’s it! Do all of those moves, then rest for 45 seconds and start again. Doing 3-4 rounds of this circuit ought to get your heart rate pumping and leave you feeling like you weren’t completely lazy on the couch all day long.