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Follow USA Pro’s Personal Trainer Lucy Wyndham-Read’s guide to keeping up your fitness over the Festive Period..
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Nov. 7, 2012 - PRLog -- Worried about putting on a few pounds over the Christmas Period? Often the merriment of Christmas Parties and Christmas cakes can result in those waistbands expanding a little. To avoid this unnecessary bulge, follow Lucy's tips...

Front Room Workout

Choose 4 songs from your iPod so you get 20 minutes of workout time. Create your own routine choosing aerobic moves for the chorus and then toning moves for the verse. For example, jog on the spot to the chorus then for the verse do pile squats. This will help you burn off approximately 250 calories and help you get your moves ready for the dance floor.

Christmas Cards for Toning

Make a pact with the girls in the office that for every Christmas Card you open you have to do the following workout:

• Snowman Card: 20 Lunges

• Santa Card: 20 Press Ups

• Reindeer Card: 20 Ab Crunches

• Christmas Tree Card: 20 Tricep Dips

The more cards you receive, the more you will burn!

Tone Up whilst getting Dressed Up

Add in this little fun routine while you are getting ready for your Christmas parties. Not only will it help tone your whole body but you will also feel great at the party. The better you feel the less likely you are to over indulge:

• 20 Calf raises in the shower

• 20 squats while brushing your teeth

• Stand on one leg whilst drying your hair

• Whilst painting your toe nails do a sit up between each toe

Catch the Early Morning Sunshine

With the darker evenings in winter and hectic schedules over Christmas, it is worth setting your alarm a little earlier three times a week and get up to go for a run or walk in the morning sunlight. Just 20 minutes will get your metabolism revved up, keep your fitness on track and also give you that important shot of Vitamin D from the sunlight. You can easily burn at least 250 calories with an early morning run.
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