One of my top tips for enjoying your Thanksgiving happily and healthily was to fit in some exercise. I’m all about the Turkey Trot, but if you’re not able to fit one in or just don’t want to participate, I wanted to provide you with a workout that you can do from the comfort of your home (or your relatives’ home, or your hotel, or wherever!). In just 12 short minutes (or 25 if you do 2 rounds!), you can get in a quick little sweat that will make you feel more energized and ready to tackle all the cooking, eating, family, and football you can handle!
Right before I made up the workout, I came across this article that lists the 4 biggest problem areas for runners: the hips, glutes, hamstrings, and ankles. The article gave a few exercises to strengthen each area, so I’ve included them in this workout (they are marked with an asterisk in the graphic). They’re helpful for building strength in runners and non-runners alike! I’ve copied the descriptions straight from the article. (source)
All you have to do for this workout is complete 1 or 2 rounds of the workout in the top box (it took me about 12 minutes to complete each of my 2 rounds, and I rested for 1 minute in between for 25 total minutes). Then, sometime throughout the day, choose any activity from the lower box to round out your workout … all while spending time with family, focusing on your gratitude, relieving stress, or watching football!
Fit-It-In Turkey Day Workout: Descriptions and Video Links
- Jumping Jacks
- Plank with leg-raises: Hold plank, lift your left leg for a set of 10 and then your right leg. Alternate until 90-seconds is up, taking breaks if needed.
- Wacky Jacks: a great oblique workout! You really have to watch the video to understand, but I learned these when I did P90X.
- Clams: Lie on your right side, legs stacked, with knees slightly bent; lift your left leg up to 60-degrees and lower. Do a set of 35 on each side.
- 3-way calf raises: Place your toes facing forward on the edge of a step for a set of 10 raises, the second 10 raises point your toes inward, finally, for the third 10 point your toes away from each other.
- Lunges (called “front lunges” on that link)
- Tricep dips
- Back bridges (called “bridge lifts” on that link): Lie on your back, knees bent and feet placed on the floor in front of your bum. Squeezing your glutes, lift off the ground aiming to keep your torso in align and lift until only your shoulder-blades are resting on the ground.
Whew! Now that we’ve worked out, I have a few links to share with you, some of which are sure to make you laugh:
- Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner in GIFs from Yumsugar
- “Life-saving” Thanksgiving Dinner Hacks from Buzzfeed
- 10 Ways to Get Out of Awkward Conversations at Thanksgiving from Buzzfeed <– Maybe this makes me immature, but I couldn’t stop laughing at this one!
- How to Carve a Turkey Perfectly from Buzzfeed <– I admit the carving part kind of sketches me out, but this is good to know!
- How to Find a Local Food Bank <– It’s not too late to donate some canned goods, money, or time! Take all the gratitude you’ve amassed from Thanksgiving and use it to give back to someone who needs your help in some way!
Last thing before I go … since I won’t be posting tomorrow, I want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to you, my readers! I am truly so grateful … for every time you read one of my posts, every comment that you make on the blog or email me, every “blend” that I’ve made. I’m honored that you continue to read, and hope that I’ve been able to provide some motivation, education, or inspiration somewhere along the way. If you ever have any questions or suggestions, you know where to reach me. And I hope you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you celebrate) and a wonderful day no matter what! (picture source)
So tell me in the comments … What are your “weak” areas and what do you do to fix them? What do you do to get out of awkward conversations? What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?