Burn calories before your big Thanksgiving feast with this quick total-body workout plan
Love feasting on Thanksgiving? Us too, but if you want to enjoy all the delicious foods on the table without falling into a tryptophan coma or busting the zipper on your jeans, it pays to put a little work ahead of time and give your metabolism a boost. This challenging, turkey day–inspired circuit training plan will shape you up for the big day. Do each move for 1 minute, then repeat as many times as possible. (Want to up the ante with weights? Try this Indoor Cardio Calorie-Crusher Workout to blast fat in a flash.)
How it works: Do one set of each move in order. Repeat the circuit 3 times. (Free weights optional.)
Total Time: up to 30 minutes
1. Cornucopia Criss-Cross Chops
Begin with your hips and feet slightly rotated out, so that you can safely chop from corner to corner (Your hips, knees and toes should all stay in one line). Clasp your hands together (or use a weight if you have one available), and rotate the entire body to one corner of the room as you swing your hands back over one shoulder.
Squeeze your abs and butt and forcefully swing down to the opposite corner. The lower you go over the leg the more you’ll work the lower body too. Use your whole body to execute the move and exhale as you swing down. After all, the cornucopia is a symbol of abundance so give it everything you got! Repeat for 30 seconds on one side before going to the other side.
15 on each side
2. Sweet Potato Inside Out Squats
Face one side of the room and lower into a squat. Keep your chest lifted.
Push off the floor to jump up.
Land facing the opposite direction. **If you’re not up for jumping just walk your squats to face each side of the room. It will still work your legs, butts & obliques!
10 on each side
3. Mashed Potato Mountain Climbers
Begin in a plank position.
Lift the same hand up as knee that pulls in and “mash the potatoes.” Work to keep the hips steady and even, so you probably won’t need to lift the hand very high off the floor.
** If your hips are moving too much, just try lifting the knees alternating 4X followed by the hands 4X.
4. Turkey Gobbler Get Ups
Begin lying on the ground with your right arm and knee lifted and your left leg and arm on the floor. Reach up using your abs until you are leaning on your left elbow. Your legs should NOT have moved yet. Keep your focus on your right hand.
Push all the way up onto the palm of your hand so your hips are lifted high off the floor.
Slide your left leg underneath you so you are kneeling on it. The right foot has not moved.
Lean over to touch the ground with your right hand and bring your left hand to your head. Reverse the process until you are lying back on the ground again. Repeat this process for one minute total on each side.
5. Thanksgiving Break Burpees
Begin on the ground in a child's pose with your toes tucked under.
Push your legs back and lay flat with your hands underneath your shoulders.
Jump your legs in between your hands to come into a squat.
Stand up and reach up. Squat back down to go back into child's pose and repeat.
6. Cornbread Stuffing Stretch & Crunch
Begin on your back with your hands behind your head and your knees lifted. Crunch up as you lift your hips slightly off the floor so that everything comes closer together.
Use a little momentum from your crunch to come up to a seated position with your legs straight out in front of you. Reach forward to stretch the back & hamstrings. Hold the stretch for a count of four before repeating the entire movement.