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Higher Intensity Workouts to Save Time Over the Holiday Season

If you’re struggling to get your workouts in during this busy time of year, I’ve got one word for you … INTENSITY!

Basically, you’re trying to crank out a higher “output” but in a shorter period of time. I’m talking 20-30 minutes or less.

In a nutshell, this means training like an ATHLETE.

The good news is these workouts can actually be a lot of fun.

Plus, after the holidays are over, you won’t have to start over (a big problem for a lot of people!) – and you WILL feel pretty good about your fitness level.

Here are some ways to add intensity to your routine:

● Add speed bursts to your walk/run/elliptical session.

● Raise the treadmill incline/walk up hills outside.

● Include conditioning exercises – battle ropes, kettlebell swings, burpees, jump rope – between sets during your strength-training workout.

● Hit the treadmill for 1-2 minutes between rounds of your resistance training workout.

Here’s a fast total-body workout you can sneak in anywhere!

“Hot for the Holidays” Tabata-Style Workout:

  • Warm up for 5-10 minutes: do some cardio, jump rope, etc. to get the blood flowing, then do some bodyweight squats, lunges, arm circles to warm up the muscles.

  • Go through this circuit 1-4 times, depending on the amount of time you’ve got and how you’re feeling.

  • Perform each exercise for 20 seconds, and then rest for 10 seconds b