10 Minute Holiday Workout – Week 2

Last week, we covered the 10 minute Holiday workout you can do without even leaving your Bedroom. Today, I’ll share a workout you can do while cooking in the kitchen.

There’s no need to be stressed out when you can’t make it to the gym, because these 10 minute Holiday workouts will help you improve and maintain your fitness so you’re not starting from scratch in January!

Is 10 minutes enough? Absolutely! If you go hard and strong, it will be a fabulous mini workout set and will definitely challenge your body! Next week, we’ll cover the Living Room!

10 Minute Holiday KITCHEN WORKOUT:

This one you can do while you’re stirring baking and broiling.

Warm Up First

Perform each of the following exercises for one minute (30 seconds each side) and then repeat for a total of 2 sets of each exercise and 10 minutes of working out. Keep in mind, you don’t need to do these exercises back to back. It’s ok to do 1 minute and then finish prepping something, then another minute, then throw something in the oven, then another minute and stir something up.

Paper Plate Lunge

img_1076-1Stand with one foot on a paper plate. While maintaining good, upright posture, slowly slide the leg on the paper plate backwards. Only go as far as you can go without straining. Then slowly return to the starting position getting your strength and power from the supporting leg in front. As you get stronger, you’ll be able to go deeper. Remember to keep your front knee pointing forward and positioned over your front foot. Complete 30 seconds each leg.

Airplane and Potato Press

img_1113img_1118Start by standing tall on one leg while holding a bag of potatoes (or something heavy) in the opposite hand. Slowly bend forwards while allowing the back leg to extend upwards and the bag of potatoes to drop towards the floor while maintaining a long spine and abdominals contracted. Get as horizontal as you can while maintaining good form. Slowly return to the starting position and then press the bag of potatoes over your head. Complete 30 seconds each leg.

1 Leg Balance

Wimg_1085hile stirring or preparing, stand on one foot while maintaining good, upright posture. Complete 30 seconds each leg.

Curtsy Lunge & Jug Curl

img_1086Start by standing tall with a jug (or something heavy) in one hand and the other lightly holding the kitchen counter. Slowly take one leg and drive it backwards and across the body wide as if performing a curtsy. Think about sinking into the hip of your supporting leg. Now slowly push back to the starting position getting your power from the supporting leg. As you extend upwards, slowly curl the jug into a bicep curl. Complete 30 seconds each leg.

Turkey Torso Rotations

img_1090img_1092Start by standing tall while holding a Turkey or something heavy. Contract your abdominals and maintain good posture while you rotate side to side. Keep your range of motion tight and compact and use your abdominals to control the motion. Complete 30 seconds slow and 30 seconds faster.

Cool Down.

Eat, Drink, Workout & Be Merry this Holiday season!

Yours in health & fitness,
Sherri McMillan

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Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for more than 33 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year - Runner up. She is a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss" and "Fit over Forty" and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver, the founder of WHY Racing Events & WHY Community, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at nwpersonaltraining.com.

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