Fun Travel Workout To Stay Fit During The Holidays
From decadent seasonal treats to holiday parties and endless shopping trips, the next few weeks will be jammed packed with festive activities. Not to mention hectic holiday travel including trips to grandma’s house and hours spent at airports. With all of that going on, let’s face it, your gym time is going to take a backseat.
Staying fit and healthy during the holidays is important so we’re here to help. For all the days you’re snowed in or too busy to make it to the gym, here’s a full body travel workout that can be done anywhere. Lace up your shoes, grab a bottle of OXiGEN water and check out the moves below!
30 Donkey Kicks (15 kicks per leg)
According to Elite Daily, 2016 was yet another “year of the butt,” so make these last couple weeks of the year count! Donkey kicks are a dynamic move that works the lower back, core, legs and of course, the booty. Every time you lift your leg and kick, it tones not one, but all of the muscles in your glutes in one swift motion. To kick it up a notch, pun intended, add a 2 lb – 5 lb dumbbell behind your raised knee.
- Step 1: Start on all fours so that your hands are shoulder width apart and your knees are directly below your hips
- Step 2: Tighten your abdominals as you lift one leg (still bent) up behind you until it’s in line with your body and your foot is parallel to the ceiling
- Step 3: Lower your leg back down to the ground and repeat on the other leg
- Step 4: Continue to repeat the kicks, 15 on each side
15 Tricep Dips
Find a chair, bench or ottoman and get those triceps fired up! Using only your body’s weight, tricep dips allow you to tone your arms anywhere, anytime. Need some arm inspiration? Check out First Lady, Michelle Obama in this Vogue.com article.
- Step 1: Stand in front of the chair, facing away from the chair’s seat
- Step 2: Sit down on the edge of the chair and place your hands slightly behind your hips, shoulder width apart
- Step 3: Lift your booty off the seat and walk your feet forward a couple steps
- Step 4: Slowly bend your elbows to lower your body towards the floor until your arms are form a 90 degree angle
- Step 5: From there, extend your arms, raising your body upward, supporting your body weight with your arms
- Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you’ve completed 15 dips
24 Commandos (12 on each side)
Don’t worry, we aren’t suggesting you workout in the buff! This move requires more coordination than standard planks but we promise you’ll be thanking us later. Commandos will strengthen your abs, sculpt your arms and even improve your posture. Plus, fitness expert Sara Haley says that plank-based core works is actually more effective than crunches.
- Step 1: Assume a forearm plank position with your forearms on the ground and your legs stretched out, resting on the balls of your feet
- Step 2: Keeping your abs tight and your feet in place, release your right forearm and place your right hand firmly on the floor
- Step 3: Push up onto your right hand, followed immediately by your left in the same pattern
- Step 4: Return to the forearm plank position by releasing your right hand and lowering onto your forearm, before doing the same with your left hand
- Step 5: Repeat steps 2 – 4 until you’ve completed 12 commandos on each side
Squats are a favorite move for the booty, hamstrings and quads. According to fitness expert Sara Haley, squats are the most functional exercise to keep your butt and legs strong and toned. Added bonus: doing squats regularly will also improve balance and agility (dance floor, anyone?). So drop it low and get to work!
- Step 1: Stand with your feet hip width apart with your toes pointed straight ahead
- Step 2: Bend your knees and push your glutes and hips out and down behind you as if you were sitting into a chair. Keep your weight on your heels and get down to the point where your legs create a 90 degree angle, making sure your knees track over your toes, not beyond them
- Step 3: Return to starting position by straightening your legs and squeezing your glutes as you come back up
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