By Fara Rosenzweig
You’ve been up since sunrise; the turkey is in the oven and most of your side dishes are prepared for the big feast. So what do you do during your small window of free time? Most people would want to sit down and relax for a bit. But not you, right? You’re going to want to squeeze in a workout before you indulge in your big Thanksgiving dinner.
Time is of the essence on Thanksgiving, so here is a 30-minute workout you can do before, during, or after your cooking.
Jog: Jog in place for a minute. A light jog to get your heart pumping is all you need.
Jumping Jacks: Brings you back to your childhood? Do a set of these for one minute.
Jumps: Just jump in place for 45 seconds.
Repeat these three exercises three times.
Squat Jumps: Keep your feet hip width apart and squat. Your knees should be stacked on top of your ankles; make sure they do not go over your toes. Use your leg muscles to push your body off the ground and reach as high as you can. Do as many as you can for one minute.
Ski Jumps: Keep your legs together. You are going to mimic skiing. Keep elbows tucked into your sides. Jump from side to side. As you jump from side to side, use your arms as momentum to help you jump. Do as many as you can in one minute.
Push Ups: Start in a plank position. Your hands should be a little wider than shoulder width. Lower your body just slightly off the ground and then push up. Do as many as you can do in 30 seconds.
Plank Crawls: Start in a plank position. Take your right hand and move it a few inches to the right. Your left hand will follow. Continue this movement to the right four times. Then move to the left four time. Do this for one minute.
Repeat these four moves three times.
One Final Push
Stand in a wide squat position. Your legs should be out wide with your toes turned out and pelvis tucked under. For 30 seconds, pulse.
Next, bring your arms out to a “T” and start moving your arms up and down (just small pulses) for 30 seconds.
Still in your wide squat position with your arms out, raise your arms up and clap your hand once they are over your head. Repeat for 30 seconds.
Still in your squat position, place your arms into the “T” position. Begin to move your arms directly in front of you. Your hands should be in front of your shoulders. Repeat this move for 30 seconds.
You’re down to one last exercise. Still in your squat position, keep your arms are out. Do backward arm circles for 30 seconds. Now, switch—forward arm circles for 30 seconds.
Hold your squat for 30 more seconds. And relax.
You just did your Thanksgiving workout.
Stretch for five minutes and enjoy your turkey dinner.
Fara Rosenzweig is an online editor for Active.com.