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Thanksgiving Weekend Workouts!

Look at those belliesphoto © 2008 Sonya Green | more info (via: Wylio)Holidays are a time where it is easy to fall out of our routine. As most of us know, WEEKENDS are even enough for us to fall off our routine, let alone long holiday weekends! Check out some of these exercises that can keep you motivated while you are spending a long holiday weekend with family.

Get up early and take a long walk.  See if you can get other family members to join you. While some may not be at the same fitness level as yourself, any type of walking helps. Make sure to try and get 45 minutes for every day of your trip. Even better? Walk after your big Thanksgiving meal. Your body actually metabolizes your food more efficiently if you walk immediately after your meal. Have time for a run? Get it in! And don’t forget about our FREE Thanksgiving Day Boot Camp. Bring the family and make this exercise session a family affair. Besides getting a kick butt workout, it will give you all something to chat (and chuckle about) later in the day!

No equipment or weights to use? Use your body weight. Come on everyone! You have taken some sessions by now, you know some of these body weight exercises can provide just as much burn as those with weights. Here are some of our favorites:

Push ups – 3 sets of 30 reps.

Squats – 3 sets of 30 reps.

Plie Squats – 3 sets of 25 reps.

Stationary Lunges – 3 sets of 10-15 per leg.

Leg lifts – 3 sets of 30 reps.

Crunches – 100 reps.

Tricep dips – (do this on a stable chair or low table) 3 sets of 30 reps.

Bad weather outside? Still wanting some cardio? We know you know how to do the exercises listed below. Remember, you don’t need all of the fancy equipment that gyms have! There are plenty of functional movements you can do in a small space in your room or the basement. Try these out added to the exercises above.

Burpees – 3 sets of 15 reps.

Burpees with jumping jack at the top – 3 sets of 15 reps.

Mountain Men Jacks- 3 sets of 30 reps.

Jumping Jacks – 100 reps.

Stairs – Run the stairs in your house 15 times. Do more if you think you can or skip a step for that extra “booty” work.

Mountain Climbers – 3 sets of 50 reps.

*Remember to stretch for 4-5 minutes once you have finished your exercise session.

Keep in mind… where there is a will, there is a way.  So what if you are off routine? Here is a routine for your OFF ROUTINE. Now stick to it!

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