Post-Thanksgiving Workout Challenge: 5 Exercise Moves That Torch Major Calories

These don't require any equipment, so no excuses!

Let’s burn off those Thanksgiving calories, shall we? This 30-minute, five-move workout, packed with high-calorie-burning moves, is guaranteed to help you shed all that stuffing, mashed potatoes, and extra piece (or pieces) of pumpkin pie. Well, at least put a dent in shedding it. And a bonus: There’s no equipment needed for this workout. So grab the family, head to the living room and get moving.

All you need to do is put 30 minutes on the clock and complete this five-move circuit as many times as you can. Happy sweating!

Post-Thanksgiving Workout Challenge: 5 Exercise Moves That Torch Major Calories

Repeat circuit as many times as you can in 30 minutes.
10 burpees
20 mountain climbers (on each side)
10 bicycle crunches (on each side)
10 lunge jumps (on each side)
10 tuck jumps

Explanations of exercises:
Click links to see how-to videos.

Burpee: Just like an up-down in football. Put your hands on the ground, jump your feet out behind you so you’re in push-up position, lower to the ground, bring your feet back in, and stand up.

Mountain climbers: Get in plank position. Alternating legs, bring your knee into the chest, keeping your upper body strong. Extend leg and switch.

Bicycle crunch: Lie on your back in sit-up position: feet on floor, knees bent, hands behind the head to support the neck. Lift your feet off the floor, extend your left leg to straighten, and twist your torso as you touch your left elbow to right knee. Draw the left leg in as you push the right leg out, and twist the other direction, touching your right elbow to left knee. Repeat by alternating sides in a fluid motion.

Lunge jumps: Start standing with feet together and step forward with the left leg into a lunge, bending knee to about 90 degrees. Jump as you stand back up and switch legs before you land, so your right leg is forward. Lunge again, then jump, putting your left leg forward, and so forth. Left and right counts as one.

Tuck jumps: Stand with feet hip width apart and drop to a squat. As you stand, explode into a jump, driving your knees into your chest. As you land, drop into a squat to repeat, making it one fluid, continuous motion.


Audrey McKenna Hasse is the owner of A.M.Fit, a personal training and healthy consultation business on the Main Line. You’ll find her workouts every Monday right here on Be Well Philly.

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