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.
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.
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!
As published in the Weekend Sun, December 3, 2021