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Habits can be helpful and healthy through the holidays

Make sure the 20-second work phase is MAX effort for this type of interval training to be effective.
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Grant Foreman Fitness

As cliche as it sounds, we are creatures of habit.

Same Starbucks order, same treats we like to cheat with, even the same “go to” positions we like in bed!

We can use this tendency toward pattern to our benefit when it comes to keeping fit during the holidays; a time where our schedules are usually thrown off.

Even if we’re traveling and not by our gym, or just have family in town and can’t break for an hour of activity, dedicate eight minutes to moving before the day starts. 

With these short bursts of interval training, we can boost our metabolism, staying primed for when our real workouts can resume again. 

You’ll use this time structure as your base but change the movements daily:

-General warmup (2 min)

-Tabata (4 min total: 20 secs of MAX effort alternated by 10 secs rest)

-Rest (2 min)

-Tabata

That’s it!

Each Tabata is only four minutes long so that’s eight minutes of work with a two-minute warmup.

Make sure the 20-second work phase is MAX effort for this type of interval training to be effective.

Each day pick two of these movements:

Jump Squats - Pushups

Mountain Climbers - Jumping Lunges

Bicycle Crunch - Jumping Jacks

High Knee Skips - Burpee

Remember to work within your limits while still pushing yourself.

Modify as needed, e.g. if Jump Squats get too difficult to complete the full Tabata with then switch to regular Squats.

Do a quick YouTube search on the form of each before starting if there’s any question or feel free to ask me at writegf@gmail.com.

For more training ideas follow me on Instagram or email for a program designed just for you.

Keep moving my friends.