30-minute workout for a hectic holiday schedule

by Kelsey Taylor

Attending holiday parties, cleaning for houseguests, shopping for gifts and wrapping presents - it's easy to get distracted from your usual workout routine. But by taking a half hour, just three days a week, you can help keep off those extra seasonal pounds.

In the time it takes you to listen to five of your favorite carols, you can complete this workout. Just remember to do 15 of each and then repeat:

  • Squats
  • Alternating lunges
  • Push-ups/modified push-ups
  • Dumbbell curls
  • Military presses
  • Dumbbell kickbacks

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