(MERCY HEALTH PARTNERS) - The holiday season is upon us. It is a time for family, friends, and weight gain. The average American will increase their caloric intake by 600 calories a day, or a total of 6 pounds, between Thanksgiving and the New Year. I realize with our busy lifestyle it is very difficult to exercise, but add the holidays and many find exercise a lesser (or less important) priority as the holiday to-do list grows. The last thing we need is to add more stress and, for many, trying to get to the gym does just that. But, on the other hand, staying active in some way will give you more energy, reduce stress, and help burn up some of the extra 600 calories you may be eating. If you have 5 minutes a couple times a day try this whole-body workout.
· Squat Jumps: Bend the knees and lower the body down into a squatting position, then jump as high you can. Repeat for 1 minute.
· Bear Crawl to a Push Up: Squat down to the floor and walk the hands out to a plank position. Do a push up, on knees or toes, walk the hands back and stand up. Repeat for 1 minute.
· One-Legged Deadlift: Balance on one leg with arms straight down by your side. Bend at the hips to bring the torso parallel to the floor while lifting the back leg straight up. Repeat for 30 seconds and then switch legs.
· Burpees: Squat and place your hands on the floor. Jump your feet back into a plank (push-up) position. Jump your feet back in under the body and stand up. Repeat the activity for 1 minute.
· Bridge With Leg Lift: Lie on your back and straighten the right leg. Bridge on your back and lift the right leg straight up. Return to starting position and switch legs. Repeat for 1 minute.
Try this full body exercise program to help keep the holiday weight gain to a minimum.
Blair Moreau - Mercy Health Partners