OK, I know all you want to do is eat turkey, drink, and watch TV this Thanksgiving but how is that going to be good for you and your waistline? I'm planning on combating the bummer of holiday weight gain by working out in the morning the day of. What? You don't have a plan for fitness and have no idea where to start? Let me help you with my quick, hang-on-to-it (you know what you've worked so hard for?) holiday routine. First, put on something comfortable to move in and get out side for a walk. Fast or slow, long or short the point is you are out and moving around. Next find a little space in the living room or outside and do 3 simple stretches: 1. Standing thigh stretch
-Grab your foot behind you and balance on one leg as you stretch the front thigh of the opposite leg, hold for 5 slow counts. Repeat on the other leg.
2. Place one foot one the sofa, or a chair, or bench...
-bend forward at the waist and reach your fingertips towards your toes. breathe in and out deeply 3 times then switch sides. Try to let your head fall forward to stretch the back of your neck too.
3. Side stretch
-stand with your feet apart and clasp your hands together over your head. Stretch and lean towards one side and then the other. repeat 2-3 times, feels good right?
Ok now for the abs. There are a million things you can do to strengthen and tone your midsection but the quickest and most effective is the PLANK.
1. Prop yourself up on your elbows and lengthen your body out into a plank balancing on your toes. Work to keep the body in a straight line, shoulders down away from the ears and the buttocks and abdominal muscles tight. Aim for holding this pose for 2 minutes. If you can't, take a break and get back to it until you've done the full 2 minutes. You can do it!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and feel free to keep up this simple routine all week because, you know, leftovers......:)