Seeing a Christmas turkey is one of the best feelings during a chilly winter in Hong Kong, but feeling like one from all the festive feasting is not such a good feeling. As the temperature drops outside, our beds become cozier, and food becomes heartier, it can seem like keeping on top of your normal exercise routine is almost impossible (“I sat up and reached for the bowl of popcorn, that’s a sit up, right?”)
If you cannot be bothered leaving the house, but still want to feel the rush of exercise this winter then you have to give our belly-busting workout a go this December. Super simple and easily completed on the floor of any Hong Kong apartment, it will not only help you to move more but also to fit more food in (dessert, anyone?)
If workouts aren’t your thing, then the best way to keep in shape over the winter is to try and get your daily 10,000 steps in. Did you know that your iPhone also works as a pedometer? Open up the health app and it will show you a rough estimate of your daily steps. If you find yourself sitting around the heater and not moving as much as you should, a good option for a lazy person’s workout is to head to your local mall and having a window show. An hour of that will have you kicking your daily step goals in no time!
The All-Over Zinger
Perfect for quick all-over workout, this little zinger will have you sweating out all that dessert and mulled wine in no time.
10 jump squats
10 reverse lunges
12 push ups/tricep dips (watch your shoulders)
10 bicep curls (if you don’t have small weights, cans of soup or big water bottles are good too)
40 second plank (10 sec rest)
30 second plank (10 sec rest)
30 second side plank (each side)
40 heel taps
Get the bum you’ve always admired with this super easy booty builder. If you find that your body weight is too easy, trying adding weights to your squat but be super wary of form. You want to enter 2018 with a body to die for, not a new injury.
12 reverse lunges
40 second plank
30 second side plank (each side)
20 leg lifts (each side)
20 fire hydrants
Repeat X 3
Take the festive season into overdrive with this hardcore workout. All you need is a skipping rope and a need for speed. Goodbye Christmas bloat and hello winter bod (let’s make it a thing).
1 minute skipping
100 normal punches
15 step ups (each leg)
100 wide punches
100 high punches
100 upper cuts
Plank (1 min)
50 of each punching type as fast as can
40 second side plank (each side)
Remember with any exercise, the most important thing that you need to do is listen to your body and shy away from anything that causes pain. Exercise burn is one thing, but that stinging and tearing sensation in your muscles is not what we are aiming for. Recover from any day-after soreness with a good stretch and a massage, and remember to drink plenty of water!
Looking for more ways to exercise this winter? Why not indulge in an outdoor hike across Hong Kong?
Grab a pal and take Lamma by storm with a leisurely hike followed by a nutritious seafood dish.
Feeling piratey? Explore the caves and hike in Cheung Chau.
Or kick it up a notch and try your best at the Maclehose. Calves of glory await!
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Seeing a Christmas turkey is one of the best feelings during a chilly winter in Hong Kong, but feeling like one from all the festive feasting is not such a good feeling. As the temperature drops outside, our beds become cozier, and food becomes heartier, it can seem like keeping on top of your normal…