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Post Thanksgiving Dinner Workout

After a day of Thanksgiving turkey, mash potatoes, and dinner rolls, you may be left feeling guilty about your holiday dinner consumption. After all, our weight tends to creep up on us this time of the year and the holidays are upon us, which means tasty temptations and loads of leftovers.

No need to be alarmed!

We've found the perfect circuit exercise with five simple moves to diminish dinner calories and boost your burn!


This circuit, by Jillian Michaels, combines strength-training and cardio so you torch major calories while you tone. This combination of full-body supermoves hits your muscles from all angles, and cranks your calorie burn up. You will define and tone while getting in your cardio, muscular endurance, core work and balance training, all while shedding pesky holiday pounds.

Do each move as many times as you can in 30 seconds, while maintaining good form, then go to the next one. Complete circuit three times, twice a week.

1. Crunch Circle

Lie face up, hands resting lightly on back of head.

Raise legs 3-6 inches; contract abs. Crunch torso up, then rotate it so ribs draw a clockwise circle.

Repeat in opposite direction.

2. Side Squat with Figure 8

Stand with feet hip-width, a 5- to 8-lb dumbbell in right hand, left hand extended to side at shoulder height

Step out to left as you lower into a squat, and pass dumbbell under left leg to left hand, and around left knee.

In one fluid movement, pass dumbbell under right leg to right hand; continue alternating.

3. Twisting Lunge

Stand with feet shoulder-width, arms extended to sides at shoulder height, palms down.

Step right leg forward about 2 feet and lower left knee so both knees are at 90 degrees. Twist torso to right and reach right hand back to touch left heel while raising left arm straight up.

Return to start; repeat on opposite side.

4. Single Arm Burpee

Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width, left arm out to side at shoulder height.

Squat down; place right hand on floor just under center of chest. Squeeze abs and jump feet back into one-arm plank. Jump back toward hands, landing in a squat.

Jump up; return to start.

5. Figure 4 Squat

Stand with feet hip-width, a 5- to 8-lb dumbbell in each hand, palms facing in.

Cross right ankle over left knee Lower into squat while raising arms in front.

Return to start.

Happy Holidays!

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