3 Holiday Workouts You Can Do Anywhere

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3 Holiday Workouts You Can Do Anywhere

If you travel a lot especially during the Christmas season, there’s a big chance that you’ll be putting your fitness goals on hold because of lack of time or workout space. But going away for the Holidays shouldn’t be an excuse to slack from your regular workout routine. There are full exercise programs that you can bring along with you anywhere you go. All you need are yourself, your surroundings, and some boundless energy!

1. Tabata

With its 20 seconds on – 10 seconds off workout format, this program can target both your cardio respiratory and muscular strength. One workout session can last from 4 to 20 minutes, depending on your fitness level or the intensity level that you choose to work on. Ideally though, a Tabata session should be high intensity. A 20-minute session can burn a total of 300 calories, therefore you do not only gain strength but also lose enough calories so that your Christmas feast can be erased from your system.

Do this simple Tabata workout at home or in your hotel room to prepare you for your Holiday eating spree:

Perform each exercise 8 times for 20 seconds at the highest intensity you can manage (or as fast as you can with proper form). Rest in between rounds for 10 seconds.

High Knees

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Bodyweight Squats

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Army Crawl Push Up

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Quick Getup

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2. Plyometrics

Simply put, Plyometrics is jump training. One plyometric cardio circuit session can burn close to 500 calories in 60 minutes. That’s like joining a grueling 60-minute spinning class.
Jump squats, box jumps, jump lunges, clap push ups are examples of exercises that build up power, strength, and endurance in the targeted muscles.

Do 3 rounds of 1 minute work and 30 seconds rest. Take this simple Plyometrics workout anywhere you go or alternate it with your Tabata workout so that you stay fit during the Holidays

Forward Jumps

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Switching Lunges

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Depth Jumps

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Single-leg Hops

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3. Bootcamp

This high intensity workout program is about to match Crossfit’s popularity. Best done with a group as this can be fun even for someone competitive, a boot camp workout session can consist of strength and cardio intervals military-style or purely calisthenics. When you’re away on a holiday trip with your family and friends, wake them up early in the morning. Jog to a nearby park for warm up and find a spot where you will all fit and be able to freely do some ground and standing exercises. A 30-minute boot camp session can easily burn 250 to 300 calories.

Do the following workout program with your companions for fat burn and an endorphin boost:

Set 1:
Jog around 2 minutes
Push ups 1 minute

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Ab Crunches 1 minute

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Jumping Jacks 1 minute

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Set 2
Jog around 2 minutes
Plank 1 minute

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Mountain Climbers 1 minute

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High Knees 1 minute

Set 3
Jog around 2 minutes
Jump squats 1 minute

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Rotating Plank 1 minute

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1-2-3 Heisman 1 minute

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Perform 1 more round of all sets to complete 30 minutes

The trick to being able to allot time for a quick workout even while you’re on a holiday trip is to maximize each free schedule. Or, you can allot a particular time of the day so that your workout is consistent.

Remember, any workout is better than nothing at all. And, burning your holiday calories will be much more fun if you exercise with friends and family.

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Connie Fortich
Connie is an advocate for natural health and fitness. Her passion is to write about and teach it in any way she can. She is the Vice President of the Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Association, and is PF’s Editor-at-large.

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