Anyone who has ever hosted Thanksgiving knows that the prep begins many days if not weeks before. No matter how well you plan ahead, it’s hard to pull yourself out of the house that day to get into the studio – but if possible you should gift yourself that hour of calm before the storm hits!!!

In case that’s not an option, I want to share a few fun ways to get your workout in while the Turkey cooks.  Because let’s get real, a workout is important, but the holidays are really about being present in the moment, having fun with your family and friends and enjoying the time off! I’m trying to go into the holidays this year with a little less seriousness and a little more lightheartedness!

Here goes…

1. Be “Plankful”

Hold a forearm plank for 60-90 seconds. 

2. Wall Sit

Do a neutral spine chair against the wall for 60-90 seconds. You can add movements of the arms up and down or out to the side to feel a little more of the burn!

3. Power Push-Ups

Do 25-30 pushups on the countertop (think barre push-ups) or on the floor if you are feeling strong and dressed appropriately!

4. Turkey Squats

Find your turned out squat position, grab a hold of your turkey and do 25-30 squats. Yeah you might look a little funny but your thighs and seat will be thankful for that 16 pounder you decided to buy! Hugging a small child while you’re squatting will do the trick too and add some love into your workout!

5. Find Your Core

Do mudslides or kneel pulls into the chest for 60-90 seconds between chopping to get your core working.

Repeat this sequence 3 times and it will help counterbalance some of the indulgence that’s bound to happen (as it should!) that day.

Happy Planksgiving!

— Jill