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It’s almost winter again, and unfortunately for us, that often means the return of some festive food habits and a bit of extra holiday heft. This week we will discuss some Thanksgiving workouts.

In the spirit of the season, our gift to you is a list of simple workouts you can do anywhere (even at the dinner table) to help you offset that second serving of pumpkin pie.


“Run for Seconds”
Sit in your chair with your back straight. Bend your legs at the knees and run in place with short, quick steps.

“Turkey Wings”
Sit on the edge of your chair and let your body slouch forward, letting your neck and back bend naturally, with your arms dangling down, palms facing each other.

Keeping your neck and back relaxed, raise your arms straight out to your sides like you’re spreading your wings. Pause for a second when your arms are straight out to your sides, then slowly return to your starting position.

“Wishbone Squat”
Push your chair out from the table and stand in front of it, facing away from it. Place the toes of one foot on the chair behind you.

Then, slowly squat using your front leg until your back knee almost touches the floor, hold that position for a second, then raise yourself back to your starting position.

“Gravy Dip”
Push your chair away from the table, then place your hands at the edge of your seat, shoulder-width apart. Then, slide your bottom forward off of the chair and find a position where you can hold yourself up with your arms straight.

Keep your back close to the chair and slowly bend your elbows to dip as low as you can before returning to your starting position.

Sprinkling quick workouts like these into the hustle and bustle of the holidays can help you maintain healthy workout habits over the winter.

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“Butter Churn”
While standing straight up, slowly push up onto your tiptoes, then slowly release until you’re standing flat again. For an added challenge, try this while balancing on one foot.

“Cut the Turkey”
While standing with your feet shoulder width apart, place your palms together and raise them upward and to your side, so your torso twists a bit.

Then, bring your hands down and across your body in a chop motion, like you’re splitting wood, before returning to your starting position.

“Stir the Pot”
Standing with your feet slightly apart, press your palms together, raise your hands over your head, and bend slightly forward at your waist. Then, slowly bend to the left, then backwards, then to the right, then forward, like you’re drawing circles on the ceiling.

“Recliner Squat”
Standing with your legs slightly apart, squat down until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Hold this position for a moment, then slowly return to a standing position, keeping your weight on your heels.


“Turkey Leg”
Get down on your hands and knees, then straighten out one leg directly behind you before returning to your starting position.

“Flatbread Lift”
Lie flat on your stomach with your arms out in front of you. Then, slowly lift one arm a few inches off of the ground. Try to keep your arm as straight as possible, and your head and torso as still as possible.

For added difficulty, lift your opposite leg off the ground at the same time.

“The Dishwasher”
Lie flat on your back with your arms at your sides. Keeping your legs together, point your toes and lift both legs slightly into the air, then use your abs to draw a circle with your toes.

“Bread Bowl”
Lying flat on your stomach, reach your arms out in front of you. Keeping your arms and legs straight, raise your arms, legs, and chest slightly off of the floor.

These workouts might not offset all the food habits you’ll pick up this holiday season – personally, I’ll be happy if I make it to January without gaining ten pounds – but sprinkling quick workouts like these into the hustle and bustle of the holidays can help you maintain healthy workout habits over the winter. With enough dedication to fitness, and maybe a little holiday luck, the beach body struggle won’t be quite as tough come summertime.

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Eric Lindholm

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Eric started in Quotacy's sales department, but moved to marketing after helping hundreds of people through their life insurance buying journey. Aside from writing about buying life insurance, he also edits Quotacy's monthly newsletter, runs our YouTube channel and produces Real Life, our podcast. Eric lives in Minneapolis, where his coworkers are trying to convince him to take his humor into the spotlight. Connect with him on LinkedIn.