Almost halfway through the challenge and you have completed 4 workouts already! I know it doesn’t seem like much but it is – and it will mean so much more when you are able to sneak these workouts in over the holidays.
So keep your favorite workouts of the Fit Holiday Prep challenge handy – screen shots, print them – do whatever you need to do to make sure you have them handy for when you have time to get in a workout.
Here’s the workout for Day 5 – scroll below for info on each movement!
The reason I want you to complete 3 rounds of the first and second intervals is because I want you to get your heart rate up and your blood pumping on this one! You don’t need to move super fast – just keep going through each of the repetitions and movements.
If you find you are taking a lot of time completing just one round, then only do two before you rest. I want you to get in all the exercises, to get a week rounded workout.
Now the exercises:
- Slow High Knees: Bring each foot up to 90 degrees or higher, rest the foot gently back on the ground
- Slow Jacks: Just like jumping jacks, without the jumping! Stay quick in this movement!
- Squat Step Outs: Get in a 45-60 degree squat position and stay in the squat while stepping out
- Front Punch: Keep arm muscles flexed and tense; make sure to pivot at waist and feet
- Plank Shoulder Taps: These can be quick or slow and painful. Rest as needed since these really work your shoulders.
Cardio Without Running?
Uh, yeah! 🙂 The only reason it’s “cardio” is because it gets your cardiovascular system moving, i.e. your blood! I don’t always run tons of miles but I make sure I get in my cardio by completing challenging exercises and lifting weights a little faster than normal.
It’s ok to go faster if you are still in control. Even if you aren’t going super fast now, your body will build up the endurance and your speed will increase.
The type of cardio in this workout is great because you are working your upper body and getting in some squats too. Building more of that fat burning muscle!
What is your favorite type of cardio exercise?