Working Out For A Guilt-Free Thanksgiving Meal

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With Thanksgiving fast approaching, you might be excited for the family time and day off, but dreading all the food. It's not bad food, but all the calories in that food make your head spin. How are you going to make it through the holiday without gaining a few extra pounds? Here is a perfect solution to your problem! The day before Thanksgiving, all you need is a great 45-minute workout — and here is one all planned out for you. You don't even need equipment, just your bodyweight!

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Day Before Thanksgiving Workout: No Equipment Needed!

This workout is listed in one-minute increments to keep you moving and keep the workout fast-paced and interesting.

Minute 1: Walk or march in place to get your body moving. Do some light stretching after your first minute.

Minute 2: Do 30 seconds of butt kickers and 30 seconds of high knees.

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Minute 3: Repeat the butt kickers and high knees.

Minute 4: Squatted speed bag. This move can get tiring, but don't give up! Here's how to do them.

Minute 5: Walk in place and don’t stop moving!

Minute 6: Burpees. Everyone dreads them, but they get results! Learn how to do them here or watch the video below.

Minute 7: Alternating lunges. You can make them harder by adding dumbbells! Here's how.

Minute 8: Squatted speed bag. Keep punching!

Minute 9: Walk in place for the next minute.

Minute 10: Again, do 30 seconds of butt kickers and 30 seconds of high knees.

Minute 11: Repeat the butt kickers and high knees.

Minute 12: Mountain climbers. These will get your heart rate up! Here's how to do them.

Mountain Climbers

Minute 13: With your right leg, do 30 seconds knee strikes. Now do 30 seconds of knee strikes with your left leg!

Minute 14: Repeat minute 13.

Minutes 15 & 16: Time for a little rest! You're doing great. Walk in place for the next two minutes. Whatever you do, don't stop moving.

Minute 17: Ab cyclone. You'll work all your ab muscles with this one! Here's how.

Minute 18: Plank up-downs. This is a perfect move to keep your heart rate up! Here's how.

Minute 19: Do 30 seconds of inner thigh lifts with your right leg. Now switch to your left and do another 30 seconds! Here's how to do it:

Minute 20: Alternating toe touch. Don't forget about those obliques! Here's how to do the toe touch.

Minute 21: Mountain climbers. Keep up the good work!

Minute 22: Walk in place for the next minute.

Minute 23: Hip twister plank. This will really test your core and arm strength. Here's how to do it.

hip twister plank move 3

Minute 24: Scissor kick. It's tough, but think of the workout you're giving your abs! Here's how.

Minute 25: Reverse crunch. Keep targeting those abs!

Minute 26: Power squat. Don't forget to jump through at the end! Here's how.

Minute 27: Walk in place for the next minute.

Minute 28: Do 30 seconds of inner thigh lifts with your right leg. Now switch to your left for another 30 seconds.

Minute 29: Plank up-downs. Remember these? Let's do some more.

Minute 30: Ab cyclone. Here we go again!

You can do it! Push through the final 15 minutes!

Minutes 31 & 32: Walk in place for the next two minutes.

Minute 33: Power squat. Jump as high as you can!

Minute 34: Do 30 seconds of butt kickers and 30 seconds of high knees.

Minute 35: Repeat minute 34.

Minute 36: Side lunge with lateral lift. Lunges are great for working your legs and core! Here's how.

Minute 37: Let's do some more mountain climbers!

Minute 38: Walk in place for another minute.

Minute 39: Do 30 seconds of glute bridges with legrRaise with your right leg. Now do 30 seconds with your left leg. Here's how.

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Minute 40: Floor tricep dips. You'll really feel the burn in your triceps with this one! Here's how to do it.

Minute 41: Plank up-downs. Don't give up!

Minute 42: Do 30 seconds of glute bridges with leg raise with your right leg. Now do 30 seconds with your left leg.

Minute 43: Floor tricep dips.

Minute 44: Mountain climbers again!

Minute 45: For our final move, we will perfect the power squat.

Woo, you did it! Cool down for 3-5 minutes by walking around and slowly getting your heart rate back down. Don’t stop moving. Do some light stretching to finish.

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