Stay in Shape for Winter Break


By Christina Lappas, Editor-In-Chief

Winter break is steadily approaching meaning a time filled with sleeping, hanging out with friends, and most importantly, eating. During break, it is common to indulge in home-cooked meals and it is also common to get easily carried away. In order to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle, here are some simple workouts to do for the duration of your break.

  1. Crunches: These can be done from various locations ranging from the floor, to even your bed. By simply pulling up your legs, crunching in your knees, and lifting your head up from the ground towards your knees, you can work on those abs. These are so simple yet so effective in literally crunching away the unnecessary calories.
  2. Inner Thigh Squats: These can be done all the time. If you’re standing, just evert your feet and drop down into that squat. When you’re brushing your teeth, it could also double as squat time. Rather than worrying about your thighs growing with the tremendous amount of calories being eaten, you are working them out, meaning they’ll essentially counteract each other.
  3. Jumping Jacks: A quick way to get your heart rate up and burn a lot of calories is by doing jumping jacks. Since your hands are above your heart during this exercise your heart rate is bound to increase. While you’re waiting for food to cook or for your hair to dry you can quickly and easily do these.
  4. Planks: Planks require minimal time to do but are incredibly effective. There are a variety of planks that can be done but any planks you do are going to be beneficial. The most common time increment of planks is the 30-second ones. Overall, they’re extremely quick to do but still target a lot of muscles in your body.
  5. Candlestick Dippers: Whether you’re sitting on the ground or standing up, candlestick dippers are effortless. You can do it on the floor by kneeling and using your abdominal muscles to lean to one side and then pull yourself back up. It can also be replicated when standing and “dipping” sideways.

All in all, even when you’re shoveling an abundance of tasty food into your mouth, you can incorporate these five trouble-free workouts into your day and keep yourself in shape during a long, lazy period.