Beat the Holiday Bulge

Christmas is fast approaching! The cold air, colorful lights blazing brightly in the city, Christmas carols being played in the radio and almost everywhere, and the holiday shopping rush all tell us that indeed, the holiday season is in and it is the best time to celebrate and be merry. This season is also the best time to reunite with your family and friends through parties, gatherings, and reunions (the best reason also to renew relationships!). And with celebrations come the scrumptious menus exuding a feel that is oh so inviting it makes devouring food so heavenly. So before you head on to that next party or reunion, read on some easy tummy workout to help you beat the holiday bulge!

The Ab Tightener. Start by crunching up, your left knee bent at 90 degrees and your right leg hovering about 2-4 inches above the ground. Then raise your right leg so that it is perpendicular to the floor. Hold for a few seconds, then return the leg to its original hovering position. Do 10 on your right, keeping your shoulders off the floor throughout, then do 10 more on your left.

Plank with Knee Raise. Position in the basic plank, with your left leg lifted slightly and toes pointed. Tighten your tummy to bend your left leg, and lift the knee toward your armpit. The bent leg should be parallel to the floor, with the knee pointing to the side. Repeat 10 times on the other side, and switch to the other.

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