Most of us celebrate Thanksgiving by piling our plates high with mashed potatoes, stuffing and pie. But your holiday meal doesn't mean you have to give up your fitness progress! Try this circuit while you're waiting for that turkey to cook or even the day after, to give your metabolism a post-holiday boost.
Here's how it works: Start by doing 10 reps each of these 5 moves: renegade rows, pikes, basketball jumps, push-ups on your knees and crab touches. Then, repeat by doing 9 reps of each move. Then, 8 reps. Count yourself all the way down to 1 and you're done.
Renegade rows: While in a plank position, hold one light dumbbell in each hand. Raise one elbow at a time at a 90-degree-angle, trying to keep your hips parallel to the ground as much as possible. (You can skip the weights if you don't have them handy.) Left side + right side = one rep.
Pikes: Start in a plank position with both hands on the ground underneath your elbows and your feet less than shoulder-width apart. Hop your feet forward, about one foot, and hop your feet back. One hop back and forth = one rep.
Basketball jumps: Begin in a standing position with your feet a little wider than hip-distance apart. Squat as low as you can comfortably, as though you are picking up a basketball, and jump up like you're throwing the ball, using your arms to increase your momentum. To protect your knees, make sure they don't reach over your feet while squatting.
Push-ups on your knees: With your knees on the ground, place your hands together on the mat under your chest. Slowly bring your body down in a push up. Pro-tip: the closer you keep your elbows to the side of your body, the more you'll work your triceps.
Crab touches: Start on all fours, with your hands and feet facing forward and your belly button looking toward the ceiling. Bring the opposite foot and arm together, and lower down to the starting position. Left side + right side = 1 rep.
This should take you about 30 minutes. Want more of Jenna’s Fit Tips? Sign up for my weekly newsletter!