Be Thankful for this Thanksgiving Workout

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

It’s a time to reflect and be thankful.  It’s a time to enjoy family, friends and food.  AND, its also a stressful time.  Making Thanksgiving as perfect as can be, takes a lot of time and effort.  Getting it all done can seem impossible- the cooking, baking, cleaning, traveling, picking out coordinating family outfits (or am I the only one who does that?).

With all that goes into planning a perfect Thanksgiving Day, how will there be time to get a workout in?  Well, that is one less thing to worry about!  I have put together a fun, quick and effective Thanksgiving workout.

Be Thankful for this Thanksgiving Workout

Warm up by preforming one or more of these exercises for at least 3 minutes- jog in place, jumping jacks, jump rope (without a rope)

Do each exercise for 30 seconds without rest.  When completed, rest for 60 seconds.  Repeat two more times!

B– Burpees (From standing position, squat down with hands on the ground.  Kick feet back into plank position. Quickly jump feet back into a squat and jump up.)
E– Elbow plank jacks (In plank position on your elbows, jump feet apart and back together.)

T– Triceps dips (In a tabletop position with elbows facing behind you and fingertips facing heels, bend elbows to lower yourself down.  Push through the heels of your palms to straighten elbows.)
H– High knees (While standing, bring one knee up, then back down.  Alternate knees as quickly as possible)
A– Ab circle crunches (Lying face up with knees bent and feet flat on floor, place fingertips lightly behind ears.  Lift shoulder blades off the floor, keeping them off the floor move upper torso around in a circular motion. Reverse direction after each full circle.)
– Narrow stance squats (Standing with feeltand knees close together squat down, stand back up pushing through heels.) 
K– Knee circles (Standing with feet and knees together, hands on thighs, bend knees keeping them together, move knees in circular motion. Reverse direction after each full circle.)
F– Fast feet (Standing with feet wider than shoulder width apart and slight bend in knees, quickly run in place.)
U– Upright Row (Holding a weight (or can of cranberry sauce) in each hand with palms facing you, bring weights up along body to chest height, elbows come out wide no higher than shoulders.

L– Lunges (From standing position with feet hip width apart, take a big step backwards, bend knees to 90° lowering body straight down, push back up through heel of front foot to straighten knees and return to standing position. Alternate legs.)


Cool down by marching in place with hands lower than heart until breathing has normalized.



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