Traveling for the Holidays? Let This Gym-Free Workout Keep You in Shape

Chances are you'll wind up with something you don't like this Christmas. Don't make love handles one of them! Yes, staying with relatives and friends over the holidays makes it tough to stick with your regular workouts, but that's no excuse -- not when you have this easy, no-equipment-required workout (17 Photos)

Linda Melone on Dec 18, 2012 at 11:03AM

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Traveling for the Holidays? Let This Gym-Free Workout Keep You in Shape

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Low Jacks and Jumping Jacks

Keeping active during the holidays is especially important during this season of heavy eating, says Liz Neporent, a New York based exercise physiologist and co-author of The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan. "Exercise helps keep off excess holiday pounds, relieves stress and helps you stay healthy during cold and flu season."

Fortunately, you don't need to go to the gym to get a good workout. "Incorporating 10-minutes-or-fewer spurts of activity several times (aim for at least 3-4 bursts) throughout the day keeps your muscles [toned] and calories burning," says Neporent. All holiday activity counts, too, from carrying groceries, wrapping gifts, snowman building and cooking holiday meals -- even shopping. Mix and match the following moves according to muscle groups to get a complete workout. Start with a three to five minute warm-up, such as walking in place or jumping jacks.

Low Jumps and Jumping Jacks

Muscle group: Total body warm-up

How to: Stand with feet together and knees slightly bent, arms down to your sides. Jump while raising arms and jump legs to sides. Land on forefoot, with legs apart and arms overhead. Jump again while lower arms and bringing legs back together. Repeat. These can be modified for every level of fitness, says Neporent. To boost your calorie burn, do a low jack. That's a jumping jack where your legs stay in a squated position. Routine to try: one set of low jacks, then push-ups, then a set of regular jumping jacks. Start with 30 seconds and work up to 60-second intervals.

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