Thanksgiving is tomorrow…are you ready for all those delicious goodies?  The Holiday season is here and we all know what that means: food, drinks and treats galore! While we certainly aren’t going to avoid our calorie rich favorites of the holidays, we are going to make sure to keep up our work out routine. We need to keep that bikini body intact, especially for our winter break trips. Most women target their abs as their biggest trouble spot, especially with quick weight gain from holiday eating, so we’re rounded up a simple ab workout that’s sure to keep you in shape. These exercises are from SHAPE’s Pink Power: Flat Abs 5 Ways DVD and require little to no equipment, so you have no excuse to maintain this routine while you’re away visiting family.

Weighted Bicycle

Lay on your back with both knees bent. Place your left arm behind your head and extend your right arm straight. Extend your left left straight and place your right foot against your left leg inner thigh. Lift your right shoulder off the ground while lifting both legs to a 45 degree angle. Lower to starting position. Switch arms and legs for the other side and complete 15 reps for each side.

Plank Pikes

Begin by kneeling on your hands and knees, then extend your legs out straight, keeping your legs and back in a straight line. Maintain your position with your shoulders over your hands as you jump both feet towards your hands, bending your knees and landing only on the balls of your feet. Jump your feet back into the original position. Repeat 20 reps.

Side Plank with Knee Circle

Lay on your right side, propping your body with your arm. Make sure your elbow is planting directly under your shoulder. Extend your left are straight up and bend your right knee. Bring your hips off the ground. Drag your right foot up the straight line of your left leg until it reaches your left knee. Trace 10 circles with your right knee, keeping foot in place. Switch to the other side and repeat up to 10 reps.

Seated Leg U’s

Begin in a seated position with your knees bent. Place your hands on the floor behind your hips. Be sure to keep your feet off the floor and knees bent as tight as you can. Learn back with your elbows nearing the floor and extend your legs slightly away while tracing a U shape with your bent knees. As your knees reach the bottom of the U try to place your elbows to the floor. Repeat 20 reps.

These four simple ab exercises are sure to help you keep your swimsuit figure through the holidays. To read all of the exercises featured from SHAPE visit here.


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