On the 8th Day of Christmas, I gave you some more Holiday Tips! Whoo!
If you're really crunched for time because you're rockin' around the Christmas Tree and you only have 3 minutes to squeeze in exercise, I suggest you do some push-ups. If there's one move you can do to work your entire body in the least amount of time, push-ups are it. That is, if you do them correctly.
First of all, if you're doing the push-ups on your knees (I do them on my knees frequently and I have no shame in admitting that) DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT do them like this:
Please keep your toes connected to the ground for optimal kinetic chain alignment. Your knees will thank you for it. This woman's upper body looks great, but I have no idea why she feels the need to grind her knee caps into the ground like that. For a proper push-up, pull your belly button in and away from the waistband of your pants, squeeze your glutes, quads, and calves, and then lower yourself down to the floor with your elbows bent at a 90 degree angle. Aim for your chest to touch the floor. If you can't no worries, just do the best you can. I like to do 3 sets of 20 reps with a 30 second rest in between each set. If you do your push-ups correctly this can be a total body work out for you. Not so bad in less than 3 minutes.
Do you like ice-cream sandwiches? I do too. Here's a healthy and festive way to enjoy one.
1) Take a frozen Vita Top and cut it in half. If you've never tried a Vita Top, you must as soon as possible. It's a delicious alternative to a muffin top for only 100 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. It also packs a healthy 9 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein into each top. Rockin'.
2) Scoop a 1/4 cup of Dryer's Peppermint, Egg Nog, or Hot Chocolate Slow Churned ice cream onto the center of the Vita Top. Use a spoon to evenly spread it onto the Vita Top.
3) Wrap the sammy in plastic and place into the freezer until it's solid.
4) Enjoy a festive ice cream treat.