Time is of the essence during the holiday season, which makes it easy to forego your weekly workouts in exchange for holiday parties, shopping and gift wrapping. However, during a time of potentially high-stress and usually higher than normal calorie consumption, exercise might just be the very thing you don’t want to cut back on during this time of year.
Instead of skipping your workout, why don’t you turn up the heat and turn down the guilt with these five high calorie-burning movements that you can do in the comfort of your own home – even while watching TV! You can do them in as little as 15 minutes.
For each exercise, do as many repetitions as you can in a 45-60 second window. Take a short rest (45-60 seconds) and repeat again. Cycle through exercises 1-5 and then repeat the circuit 2-3 times for best results.
Start with feet shoulder width apart. Lower into a squat, when at the bottom, explode straight up and land back in a squat position. Turn on the timer. Do as many jump squats as you can in 45-60 seconds.
Start in a standing position, pencil jump reaching hands to the sky then drop down, kick your feet back and lower into a pushup, then bring your feet back to standing and repeat. Do as many burpees as you can in 45-60 seconds. Don’t forget to check your form. Keep your core strong and engaged through each movement.
Start with your feet together. Lunge forward, jump straight up then switch which foot is in front and in the back so that you land in a lunge on the opposite foot. Balance is key to this exercise so if you can’t do as many as you could with jump squats, that’s ok. The goal is to keep your heart rate elevated and to work through the movement with strength and control. Time yourself for 45-60 seconds and see how you do.
Start in a plank position and alternate bringing one knee toward your opposite elbow. Increase pace for a bigger endurance burst. Turn on the timer and see how many you can do in 45-60 seconds.
Lower into a push-up and explode your upper body off the floor from the lower position. Added challenge: try clapping your hands together when your upper body is off the floor. Do as many explosive push-ups as you can in 45-60 seconds.
About Lindsay Goodyear, Certified Fitness Instructor Specialist
Lindsay is a Canadian fitness enthusiast, avid runner, fitness instructor, fashionista, travel junkie, dog lover and blogger: sweatseshbylinds.com.