‘Tis the week of Christmas, and you might be feeling less than motivated to break a sweat amid the festivities. Or maybe you’ve been cooped up inside, and the opposite is true: You’re just itching to burn off some extra energy.
Either way, I’ve got a great solution that’s both challenging and fun — all you need is a deck of cards and some comfortable workout clothing and shoes…no other gear required!
Work through the entire deck (52 cards) if you’ve got the time or the inclination; otherwise pull one at a time, performing the prescribed moves for a set number of cards (e.g. 25 cards’ worth of moves) or duration of time (e.g. 30-minutes worth of moves).
If you’ve got access to machines and want a more cardio-focused workout, add a five-minute warm-up and cool-down, plus five-minute intervals on the machine every five cards.
If you’ve got weights and want to work in additional strength training, try holding them while performing some of the moves (lunges, squats), or mix things up with a set of bicep curls, shoulder presses, rows, etc. after every few cards drawn.
However you do it, enjoy! And maybe even challenge your relatives to get in on the fun to make fitness a family affair this holiday 😉