Sweaty Holiday Workout

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Hi, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the cooler weather. It really feels like the holiday season is upon us now, doesn’t it? I am loving it!!

Unfortunately, one downside to this time of year is that we all tend to be EXTRA busy. I don’t know about you, but my workouts are sometimes the thing that gets put on the backburner. I’ve worked really hard this past year to avoid skipping workouts when life gets crazy. One of the ways I make this happen is to have an at-home workout handy for the days I only have 15 minutes to get my sweat on. Fifteen minutes is certainly better than zero minutes!

Below is one of my go-to, do-anywhere workouts. I have a few dumbbells at home, but if you don’t, some of these exercises can be done with items you can find around the house. 

Complete 1 minute of each exercise for a 16 minute workout, or two rounds for a 32 minute workout.

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Squats
  • Push-ups
  • Pendulum Lunges (Right leg)
  • Pendulum Lunges (Left leg)
  • Tricep Dips
  • Plank – 2 x 30sec
  • Side shuffles
  • *Side arm raises
  • *Bicep Curls
  • Wall sit
  • Shoulders – I, Y, T, W, O
  • Side plank (Left side)
  • Side plank (Right side)
  • **Bridge
  • Bicycle crunch

*No dumbbells? For Side arm raises and Bicep curls – Grab two cans from the pantry. Are you more advanced? Try using gallon water jugs. Be careful with those side raises, a gallon of water weighs about 8lbs.

**Progress to a single leg bridge if you’re able.

Again, for the more advanced, feel free to add in some mountain climbers or jump squats if you need an extra challenge!

Here are a few links just incase you’re unfamiliar with some of the above.
Pendulum Lunges    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLVzmijroLM

Side Shuffles    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhggfdWkvCo

Shoulder I, Y, T, W, O    http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/fitness_programs_exercise_library_details.aspx?exerciseid=249

The next time you’re feeling rushed and thinking about skipping your workout for the day, see if you can find a few minutes to try this workout. I’d love to hear how it goes!

Have a wonderful holiday season! And, keep moving!!

Angela

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