Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to put away those stretchy pants and work off all that turkey and stuffing. With this cardio inspired 15 minute work out, let’s see how you can shed some of that turkey weight and keep it off through the holidays.  Specifically targeting your stomach, hips, thighs, and glutes, these simple exercises help maintain your figure all while enjoying your favorite holiday treats!


First, here is an example of how to do a basic squat. Start by standing as tall as you can with your feet spread apart about shoulder-width.  Then lower your body as far as you can by bending your knees and pushing your hips back. Pause for a moment and then slowly push yourself back to the starting position.  Repeat 30 of times.


Facing a chair, bend your body at the waist and place your hands flat down near the edge of the seat. Kick your left leg straight back, keeping your foot flexed so it forms a straight line with your torso. Lower your leg back down and repeat. Do about 10 sets for each leg. Be sure you squeeze your glutes and leg muscles during the kicks.


Starting in a plank position and alternate bringing your right knee and then your left knee in towards your chest, keeping your front foot off of the floor. Bring a knee into your chest a total of 20 times.

Photography by Jennifer Biswas