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Top 5 Exercises To Help You Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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The holidays really kick into gear this week starting with the long, 4-day Thanksgiving weekend! Things start to get even busier this time of year and we start to cut back on certain activities. Don't cut out your workouts. Just use more time-efficient workouts.

Here is a good tactic to use during the busy holiday season: exercise at the location where you are currently. You can fit in 20 minutes of exercise at any point during the day. There’s no need to waste time going to the gym! Take advantage of "dead time" during your day and exercise.

Don't wait until January to start exercising or to resume exercising. You can make much progress with fat loss and weight loss during the next 5 weeks. You won't have to make a "New Year's resolution." Instead, make a lifetime fitness resolution right now.

Each of the following exercises can be used as a stand-alone workout or combined in any way you like. These exercises also have one thing in common—they are full body exercises which will give you maximum benefits in the least amount of time. You will never be able to truthfully say, “I don’t have time to workout.” Just keep each workout at about 20 minutes.

1. Squat-to-Curl-to-Press - The exercise is done just like it sounds: squat, bicep curl and shoulder press (that is 1 repetition). The squat-to-curl-to-press is also a compound strength exercise. This type of exercise works major muscle groups, which helps build more muscle and burn more fat.

2. Jump Rope – This is one of the all-time best exercises for burning calories, shaping your body and improving your coordination. This is also a fun exercise from your youth. Jump with two feet, one foot, alternating feet, sideways, shuffle and whatever else you can imagine! Jump 1 minute and walk for 1 minute. Repeat this rotation for 20 minutes.

3. Burpees - From a squat position with your hands on the floor, kick your feet back to a pushup position. Quickly return your feet to the squat position and jump as high as you can from the squat position. Do this exercise at full speed for 30 seconds. Walk or jog for 1 minute and burpee again!

Do you tend to gain weight during the holidays?
Yes, I'm a sucker for holiday sweets.
55% (40 votes)
Nope, I'm usually pretty good.
45% (33 votes)
Total: 73 Votes

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Hi Kok - and Welcome to EmpowHer!
We have a lot of good information to help you with both exercise and good nutrition. At this time of year there are so many holiday goodies tempting us that it can help to find a way to focus on healthy habits and then carry them on into the new year. Thanks for writing, and we're glad to have you as a member.
Take good care,

November 25, 2009 - 5:38pm

Kok...you said it yourself! Right now is the best time to start exercising!

November 25, 2009 - 5:24pm

I just lazy to do the exercise although i know it is good for me. I prefer sitting in front of the computer surfing the internet. I think i should start exercise now for my own good. Thanks for sharing!

November 25, 2009 - 4:58pm
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