Workouts that Feel like a Holiday

Anticipating the holiday season, feels great, doesn’t it?

If you’re on holiday and/or away from your usual gym routine, incorporate ‘quality movements’ into your holiday activities. Here are some common high-value exercises that address most muscle groups in a fun-ctional way:

Full or Half Push Ups
Works: chest, upper back, shoulders, and core
Top Tips: On your toes, or from your knees, position your hands so your elbows & shoulders feel comfortable. Go as low as you can, hold for a second then extend the arms fully. Keep your belly tucked in. Inhale when you lower, exhale on the push upwards.

Walking Lunges
Works: full legs
Top Tip: Break up your daily walk by lunging 10x each leg, remembering to take your back knee as low as comfortable.

Plank
Works: Abdominal/core
Top Tips: Put your elbows on the floor directly under your shoulder joint, toes, or knees on the floor. Lift your body up into a straight line from your shoulders to your knees or ankles. Set a goal to hold this position for 30 seconds, 1 minute or 3 minutes.

Set a goal to achieve a little more each time you do these exercises. If you want to go harder, challenge gravity by lifting a foot off the ground while doing your push-ups and planks or increase how many you do.

Overall little and often is key. It’s better to do a little each day than to burden yourself with an exercise plan that just doesn’t fit your holiday plans.

Happy guiltfree holidays!

Joanna Melbourne

As published in the Weekend Sun, December 3, 2021