3 Mini Thanksgiving Workouts To Try

24th Nov 2015 / By Guest Contributor

We all know that dreaded feeling at the end of Thanksgiving Day… after snacking all day, going back for seconds (and thirds) at dinner and then somehow finding room for 3 different desserts, not to mention bottomless sparkling apple cider and wine. You’re feeling overwhelmed, full and depressed and having thoughts resembling, “Why did I do that?!” or “I’m never touching food again!”

With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, we’re all busy thinking about 1 thing – food. Whether it’s turkey or tofurkey that our families are planning to prep, I’ll tell you what we’re not thinking about – working out. This Thanksgiving, all of that can change. With a little bit of discipline, you can still eat well and not feel like the biggest loser at the end of the day. Scatter these couch-friendly exercise routines in throughout the day for a fitness and food-filled Thanksgiving Day.

Exercise 1: Basic Crunches

On a flat surface, lie down, bring your knees up, put your hands behind your head and lift up using your abs (not neck!). Do 15 crunches and a total of 3 reps, breaking in between.

Exercise 2: Sitting Crunches


This one hits your core and legs! Balance on the edge of a couch or chair with your legs extended out. Pull your knees in to form a 90 degree angle. Do 10 of these for a total of 3 reps.

Exercise 3: Leg Lifts


Lie on a flat surface with your hands under your butt, lift your legs straight off the ground – hold for 3 seconds. Move into the second position with your legs straight up and flex your core – hold for 3 seconds. Move into the last position with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle, continuing to flex your core – hold for 3 seconds. Repeat these for 5 reps.

All of these exercises were done comfortably in the Drapey Pullover, Perfect Jegging (SO comfy!) and Morlan bootie. Of course, this is the time of year to be thankful and grateful for all our blessings, and our health is one thing we cannot take for granted. How will you be staying active this year?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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