It’s here… Thanksgiving Week! Every year, I hear all those insane stats about how many calories the average American eats on Thanksgiving – it’s no wonder our collective waistlines are expanding.
Often, just the anticipation of the calorie bomb that’s coming later this week is enough to cause anxiety. But if you’re already feeling panicky about Thursday, wondering how you’re gonna maintain (rather than add to) the number on the scale, worry not, my friends – I’ve got you covered.
Instead of resigning yourself to the fact that this week is a dietary lost cause, I’ve got a better idea for how to spend your time – WORKOUT!
To help you, I’m giving you A WEEK OF WORKOUTS. Yep, you read that right! I’m giving you a full week of workouts that’ll help minimize any mounting stress about what’s to come this week.
While it’s not exactly a free pass to eat whatever you want, in unlimited quantities, it is a great way to channel your energy away from anxiety and toward burning off the bird…call it preemptive damage control.
Here’s how it’ll work:
Monday – Medicine Ball AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) Workout
Grab a medicine ball (or any other weighted object or ball you can get your hands on) and knock out this calorie-torcher. Set a timer for 20 minutes and move as quickly as you can, completing as many rounds of these 5 moves as possible and resting only as necessary.
Tuesday – Total Body Strength Circuit
Grab some dumbbells and burn those muscles out by doing 10 reps of each move shown in the video, resting 20-30 seconds between moves. Once you’ve completed all 8 moves, repeat the circuit. Be sure to use a weight that’s heavy enough to make completing the last 2 reps of each move with good form a challenge.
Wednesday – Medicine Ball AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) Workout
Repeat the same workout you did on Monday and see if you can crush your score by completing more rounds.
Thursday – Bodyweight Cardio Blast
Before you sit down at the table, grab a few cones, flags or markers of any type and give this special Turkey Day workout a go. Do one move for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, and repeat for 3 rounds per move, giving yourself 60 seconds of rest after the third round before moving onto the next move. No equipment means this one’s so simple that you can get the whole family in on the action. Trust me, you’ll be earning your dinner this year!
Friday – Total Body Strength Circuit
Repeat the same workout you did on Tuesday to build some fat-burning, metabolism-boosting lean muscle.
Enjoy! And here’s the rest of this week’s Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge content: