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The holidays are here – and chances are, your to-do list is nearly as long as Santa's gift log. And as we all know, exercise is often the first thing to be cut when time gets tight. To help you look better in your holiday duds and still continue to power through your seasonal chores, we asked Jessica Smith, star of the 10 Pounds Down! DVD series to supply us with three double-duty moves. For optimal results, strive to sneak each in at least three times a week.
1) Jingle Bell Bust-Boosting Press: Trying to sleuth out a prime parking spot for your holiday shopping spree? While you scope out the parking lot take a few moments to boost your bustline. To start, place your palms on each side of your steering wheel with your hands open. Then, press your palms towards each other and into the wheel, squeezing through your chest. Hold this position for as long as it takes to sing the song Jingle Bells. Repeat 10 times. This simple move focuses on banishing dreaded back fat and unsightly bra bulge.
2) Christmas Cookies-in-the-Oven Lunge: Just tossed some treats in the oven? Sculpt your buns while they bake. Standing with your feet together, lunge back with your right foot until both of your knees are at a 90-degree angle. Then, stand up on your left leg. Lift your right leg as high as you can straight behind you (without leaning your upper body forward), then quickly lower it about an inch down toward the ground, and then lift it back up. Do this move eight times. Repeat 10 times total on each side. This move is fantastic for toning and tightening your tush and thighs.
3) Holiday Party Total-Body Blaster: Say Sayonara to uncomfortable shapewear, you won't need Spanx after doing this savvy, slenderizing move. Start in a push up position with your arms under your shoulders, your legs straight and your hips level. Then, tightening your abs and glutes, lower yourself as far down as you can, keeping your elbows close to your ribs. Once down, hold for a count of three, then press back up. Repeat as many times as you can in one minute for more defined arms, toned glutes and a flatter, slimmer stomach.
How often do you exercise during the holidays? Chime in below!