1. Mashed Potato March
Let's start with the cardio move. Begin by sitting nearer to the edge of our couch and sit up as tall as you can. Keeping knees over toes and placing your hands on your lap, march in place. Count to 50, rest, then repeat.
Make it harder: Bring arms up and down every 4 steps
2. Graditude Jacks
Sending both legs outward, use the arms to open up into a "jumping jack" position. Then bring arms and legs toward center. Do 20 of these, 2 times.
3. Cushion Crunch
Sitting up tall near the edge of the couch, place right arm behind ear. Using the core, bring the left knee toward the right elbow, and slowly bring it back to the starting position. Be careful not to curve your spine too much-- this motion should be initiated from the core.
4. Leftover O's
Sitting up tall, focus on keeping your shoulder blades down and back. Extend arms out to the side (make sure you aren't going to accidentally hit a family member) and draw 15 circles going forward, then 15 circles backward.
Make it harder: Hold an empty (or full) bottle of wine in each hand for some additional weight training!
5. Turkey Legs
Lie on your back with your legs in the air. Keeping your lower back in contact with the cushions, bring your legs up. Kick your legs as if you were swimming, making sure to keep the bellybutton pulled in. You may have your head down, raised like mine, or resting on a pillow.
Looking for some more exercises to begin after the holidays? Call us at 8058457277
Julie is the program director and head personal trainer at Ageless Fitness. She focuses on wellness and health education with her clients and encourages the process of creating programs to be individual and informative.