Yeah, Thanksgiving is all about giving actual thanks. But, let's be honest—it's mostly about the food. No one's going to judge you for grabbing that second serving of turkey or mashed potatoes, and it's basically a crime to say no to dessert. (If you're a perpetually hangry human, you know this is the best holiday for that reason.) But sometimes all that indulgence can feel a little "blah" if you've done nothing all day.
Enter: this workout (cooked up by the trainers at Reebok), that you can do without even leaving the food prepping (and eating) zone. Put your turkey, canned goods, and leftovers to work with this quickie workout. And whether you do it seriously (there's even Tabata in here, you guys), or just mess around with some pie-serving lunges while cooking, it's a win-win.
What are you waiting for? Start your Turkey Day on the sweaty side, and whether it's because of the moves or the oven, it still counts. (While the oven's warm, whip up one of these healthy desserts to #treatyoself.)
Total Time: up to 30 minutes
1. Grocery Bag Carry
Pick up as many grocery bags as possible. Keep core tight and shoulders back while walking. Repeat until all groceries are in the kitchen.
2. Canned Goods Curl
Hold one can in each hand. Curl wrists up to shoulders, then turn palms to face in and press cans overhead, biceps next to ears. Lower cans behind head, elbows pointing toward the ceiling. Squeeze triceps to extend arms straight overhead. Reverse motion to return to starting position.
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3. Tabata Turkey Squats
While waiting for the oven to heat, hold the turkey like a medicine ball (forearms holding underneath the pan). Do squats for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds (the formula for a Tabata workout).
4. Potato Plank and Mash
Start in an elbow plank with mashers in hand and potatoes in a shallow dish. Alternate lifting each hand and pressing the mashers into the potatoes. Keep core tight and avoid moving hips from side to side. Continue until potatoes are adequately mashed. Pause to rest (and stir) as needed.
5. Whipped Cream Intervals
Hold bowl of cream securely in left arm and a whisk in right hand. Whip as hard as possible for 30 seconds, then rest for 5 seconds. Repeat until peaks start to form. Switch arms each round.
6. Pie-Serving Lunge
Hold pie parallel to the ground in left hand at shoulder height. Step forward with the left leg, lowering into a lunge so both legs form 90-degree angles. Repeat each set on the opposite side.
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