Here Are Some Easy Exercises You Can Do At Home To Burn The Festive Flab
Well, Christmas is over for another year. And if you're anything like us, you've pretty much spent the last couple of weeks sliding headfirst into 2017 through mountains of chocolate, too many roast dinners and more alcohol than you can even remember. Seriously, we're a little bit proud of the amount of Prosecco we've managed to sink.
But good grief are those trousers feeling tight. Leggings are definitely our BFFs for now and as much as we're rocking these curves, it's a new year and a new us, right?! It's time to get back into exercise and start feeling fabulous again.
We've got you covered. Even if you don't have access to a gym, there are no excuses... We've got an equipment-free, at-home workout that's gonna get you burning some serious Christmas calories.
Get your best workout playlist on, make some space, grab a bottle of water, and set a timer for 25 minutes. You're going to go through the following exercises as fast as possible, resting for short stints whenever you need to! If you get through all of the exercises, start at the beginning again and keep going. When the timer goes off, you're done - but not a second sooner!
We're going to start with some runners; a cardio move that will work your arms, abs and legs (and get your heart rate up to burn lots of calories!) Place your hands underneath your shoulders and come onto your toes. Bring one knee into your chest quickly and then return to your starting position, then repeat on the other side. Alternating legs, go as fast as you can, making sure you keep your back nice and straight. Do 40 alternating reps (20 per leg).
Next up we'll tone your thighs and bum with a squat. Pop your feet at about shoulder width and lower your hips towards the floor whilst sticking your bum out behind you (as if you're going to sit on a little chair) and lower your bum as low as you can. Making sure you keep your feet flat on the floor, push through your heels and squeeze your bum to come back up - see the picture above for your perfect squat technique. Repeat 15 times through, as fast as you can!
We're turning to toning that upper body next with some classic press ups. Begin in a 'high plank' position (see picture below). Bending your elbows, lower your chest to the floor as low as possible. Bracing your tummy, push your weight back up to starting position; and remember, you can always do press ups on your knees (they will still work you well, it just makes it a little bit easier). Do 15 press ups to tone those arms and strengthen your core.
Hop up as quickly as you can and we're going to go straight into some jump squats; same rules as your normal squat, but as you come back up, launch yourself up into the air as high as you can, landing with soft knees (this is very important) and wide feet. Get some momentum going and repeat through 20 times for an awesome thigh-killer and calorie-burner!
Back down to the floor for some ab-toning action with the high plank with leg lift. You guessed it, start in your high plank. Keeping your back straight and torso still, lift your legs up slowly, alternating sides. Focus on squeezing your tummy in as tight as possible to keep your torso still. And girls, this not only tones your tummy, but works your bingo wings, back and booty too. Let's repeat this for 20 reps, alternating sides.
We'll finish off with a full-body, hardcore cardio move; the burpee. Start by standing up, then bend your knees to put both hands flat on the floor in front of you. At the same time, kick both feet out to land in our fave high plank position. Immediately jump your knees back into your chest then jump up to standing. This is one rep - repeat through 20 times, as fast as you possibly can.
The Workout At A Glance:
x 40 (alternating, 20 per leg)
High plank with leg lift
x 20 (alternating, 10 per leg)
- 25 minutes - set your timer NOW!
- Go as fast as you can through all the exercises
- Once you've done them all, start over!
- Remember to take short breaks when you need it - but get back into it ASAP.
Written by Sam Neades / Personal Trainer / Cheltenham Women's Fitness
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