How to Trim the Flab for the Holiday Season

As the days begin to shorten and summer gives way to fall, our routines will once again begin to change. Soon, we will find ourselves spending less time outside of our homes and more time inside. Before you know it the holiday season will be upon us with Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day providing many opportunities for families and friends to gather.

You will want to look your best and do so before the holiday season arrives. That “best” can mean any number of things, but will include the extra bit of flab you wanted to see gone before the summer, but is still hanging (literally) around. Here is what you can do to trim the flab.

Step Hops

Your back side is sagging and your legs are adding girth. You could take daily walks or runs — always a good idea — but you know better than that: you simply have no desire to run around the neighborhood looking the way that you do.

Fortunately, step hops provide the exercise you need within the comfort of your home. Here, you will stand with your feet slightly apart with your knees bent and your hands resting on your hips. You will then step forward with your right foot, lifting your knee as high as your hip and hopping straight up on your right leg. You’ll land with both feet, alternate your sides and do 20 repetitions.

Jump Rope

Here is another exercise you can do outside the gym: jump rope. It is an exercise you enjoyed as a child even if it was more of a game to you.

You need to find a rope that is comfortable for you and devote up to 10 minutes twice a day to get the full benefit. That way, you’ll also burn more than 200 calories while trimming fat and building up muscle.

Jumping Jacks

Good ‘ole jumping jacks — along with touching your toes, this was one of the first exercises you did while at recess. Besides elevating your heart rate, jumping jacks affect your muscles, particularly your abdomen.

Jumping jacks can be done alone or as part of a broader exercise regimen. Alternate jumping jacks with marching in place to keep yourself motivated!

Chair Dips

Trim your triceps by engaging in chair dips. Yes, there is an exercise you can do by using a living room, dining room or kitchen chair. How cool is that?

This exercise works by placing your hands on the edge of the seat of a chair and walking your feet straight out. Gradually lower your back side toward the floor, bending your elbows until they reach a 90-degree angle. Then, press yourself back in place. Complete 20 repetitions daily and you will begin to notice results within two weeks.

Your Routine

One of the challenges for people that want to lose flab is maintaining a routine. You do not need to exercise every day, but you should exercise at least four times per week, with five the ideal minimum. You should also incorporate a variety of exercise routines to get the full benefit and to avoid boredom advises Fitness19.com. Follow these instructions and your holiday season will be a bright one, with a tighter body to show for it.