Your Complete Post-Holiday Workout Guide
After the holidays we realize maybe all of that pumpkin pie was a little too much, I should have eaten all of those sweet, there’s a list of things we regret after we do especially around the holidays. Throw our diet out skip one day of working out before you know it’s been a month since you even thought of it. Ready to start your New Years with a new you finally taking off those pounds you’ve been telling yourself you would? Are you ready to feel confident in your own skin? Want to look in the mirror and feel accomplished with what you see? Here’s the start of a new life this YEAR will be the year you change forever. You have 24 hours in a day what is your excuse not to use one those hours to make you feel great inside and out? Let’s start today to change the old you from last year or the years that have past and finally getting your life together. What’s a better time than now, if not now then when?
This workout plan will be just what you need to recuperate after a day (or days) of feasting!
Every workout plan should involve both cardio and strength training. Doing cardiovascular activities like running is one of the fastest ways to burn calories, but it is building muscle that allows your body uses more calories and keeps your metabolism going strong.
Walking, jogging and running are the easiest cardio activities to start doing because they don’t need equipment and can be done anywhere. If you’re new to walking/jogging, follow this great plan for beginners. If you’re already an experienced jogger/runner, then spike up your post-holiday workout with this intense interval workout that will melt away your extra holiday weight!
Another wonderful cardio workout that does not put as much so much pressure on your joints is swimming. Swimming burns calories quickly, but it also sculpts and tones your body, too. Try this body-sculpting pool workout.
Whichever activity you choose to get your heart rate pumping, try and get in at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour, of cardio at least 5 times a week.
Strength Training Workouts
The great thing about strength training is you only need to work on it 2-3 times a week to start seeing the toning and shaping effects on your muscles. In fact, doing more strength training than your body is able to can strain your muscles. Muscles that have been fatigued through strength training need time to rest and repair themselves. The best way to strengthen and tone your muscles is to focus on certain parts of your body for strength training workouts. For example, you can work out your arms and abs on Tuesday and your legs and glutes on Friday. It’s always best to have at least one day rest in between these workouts.
Legs – To get lovely, lean legs, try these one-minute toning exercises with video instruction! If you want to focus on that troublesome thigh area, do these top 10 thigh exercises consistently and watch your thigh transform (and your glutes, too)!
Arms – Are you looking for buff and beautiful arms? All you need is 10 minutes a day and some free weights and you will be well on your way. Get your complete guide to achieving tank top arms here!
Abs – The abdominal muscles are without a doubt one of the most difficult muscle groups to sculpt. Many perform crunch after crunch with no results. Instead of wasting your time on ab exercises that aren’t working for you, follow this ab workout guide, do cardiovascular exercise at least 4 times a week and eat a healthy diet, and you will begin to see definition in your abs over time. This ab workout will be worth your time! Remember to increase your reps or sets as the ab workouts become easier.