Prevent Holiday Fat


We all like to eat a lot during the holidays. I like to eat a lot all the time. Want to prevent unwanted pounds from too many holiday desserts? Don’t fret! You don’t have to do a lot of work to get fit and stay in shape through the holidays. You just have to be smart and focused. Short, intense workouts give you a big bank for your buck, since they not only burn lots of calories while you’re sweating, you continue to burn calories for hours afterward. Each workout below gives you something different and, collectively, give you everything you need to stay fit and look great. So, go ahead, have that pumpkin pie or Christmas cookie. You earned it.

Cardio Blaster

This is one of the best workouts you can do to improve fitness and burn lots of calories in a short time. Start with a 15-minute warm-up, then run or bike for 3 minutes at 90 to 95 percent of your maximum heart rate (should feel like a 9 on a scale of 1-10). Take 3 minutes active recovery and repeat until you can’t do it anymore. Finish with a 10-minute cool-down. This workout is like weight training for your heart—it strengthens your cardiovascular system, unclogs your coronary arteries, and makes you a better fat-burning machine.

Cardio-Sprint Pyramid

There’s nothing like sprinting to increase muscle power and get your legs, glutes, and core tight and toned. This workout mixes cardio with muscle-sculpting sprinting for a fun workout you’ll never forget. Start with a 15-minute warm-up, adding a few 10-second bursts at the end to rev your engine and prepare for the workout. Then run or bike fast for 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute, and 30 seconds (adjusting the effort with the length of the segment), following each fast segment with an active recovery interval equaling the same amount of time. Finish with a 10-minute cool-down.

Running Circuit

This high-octane, non-stop circuit combines short bursts of running with concentrated body-weight exercises to sculpt your body into a Rodin creation. Do each exercise for 30 seconds in the order listed. Complete the circuit 2 to 3 times.

30-second sprint

squat jumps



30-second sprint

side-to-side lunges



30-second sprint

forward plank

side-to-side traveling push-ups

30-second sprint

To prevent those pounds from appearing on your waistline this holiday season, do each of these workouts once per week. Not only will you get fit fast, you’ll have a body begging to be kissed under the mistletoe!

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