Top Five Exercises For Burning Off That Butterball!
Believe it! Americans consume an average of 4,500 calories during Thanksgiving dinner alone.
Now that we are into the heart of the holiday season, you have to keep your body in check considering all the holiday parties you’ll be attending. What will be important this season is “discipline.” Beware of all the alcoholic beverages and foods you’ll besurrounded with. You don’t want to be caught munching on Christmas cookies and sipping on eggnog and candy cane lattes and regretting it next time you step on that scale.
Cancel out the cookies and cream; here are five basic exercises to help kill the calories and fat:
- Walk it off. Post Thanksgiving meal, you’ll probably be too heavy to run or do any other form of rigorous exercise, but that’s no excuse not to walk! Walking will burn a few calories and let your mind unwind after being stuck inside all day long. You’d be surprised how many calories you lose just by walking around your neighborhood.
- Run. Simple, after the food baby dissipates, lace up the shoes and head out for a long run. Running helps leverage your consumption of carbs this holiday season. Check your local meet-up running groups and racing sites for upcoming events and runs to keep you grounded and focused on fitness during the holiday season. (If you’re not a runner, switch to the elliptical and bike instead. Work at least 30 minutes at a 5-10 resistance level.)
- Swim. Water provides 12 times the resistance of air, therefore swimming works all the bells and whistles including arms, legs, stomach, and back. It also helps build your pulmonary muscles, increases blood circulation for increased stamina and better breathing.
- Weights. Whether you’re a fan of the free weights or exercise machines, it helps tremendously in turning the fat into muscle. Pump up the iron at least 10-15 reps, resting in between. Don’t bench what you can’t handle! Take it nice and easy and you’ll see the progress as you continue to build up strength. Like the say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
- The McGill Curl and Ab workouts. Flatten that stomach with crunches, side-swipes, abdominal machines and the McGill Curl:
- Lie on your back on the floor with your left leg straight and flat on the floor. Your right knee should be bent and your right foot flat.
- Place your hand’s palms down on the floor underneath the natural arch in your lower back. (Do not flatten your back.)
- Hold this position for 7 to 8 seconds, breathing deeply the entire time. That is one repetition.
- Do all your repetitions, and then switch legs so that your right leg is straight and your left is bent.
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”
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