I love this exercise - it requires zero equipment but it gets your heart rate up and requires you to use every part of your body, leading to an overall strengthening experience. With Thanksgiving this week I know not many of us will be seeing the inside of a gym for the next few days - if you want to work off some of that turkey, stuffing, and pie, find a flat piece of ground and make yourself do a few reps of this:
Start with your feet hips-width distance apart.
Lean forward and walk your hands out on the ground, moving yourself towards a plank position. Try to keep your legs as straight as you can (more work for your abs!).
Stop in a plank position with abs tight, back straight, and your arms supporting your weight directly under your shoulders
Your back needs to be flat. Anything less and you're cheating yourself out of a good workout.
Do a pushup. Dip down as low as you can. Maintain all of those good things we talked about in the plank position - abs tight, back flat. Try to avoid doing a "girls" pushup - the only way to build your strength and tone your arms is to challenge yourself! You CAN do it.
Now for the interesting part - pull your right knee as close to your left elbow as you can while maintaining your plank position. You should really feel this part in your abs.
Return to your plank position.
Now walk your hands back until you're back in a standing position, again trying to keep your legs as straight as you can.
I just finished packing for my upcoming trip to Texas. Do you know how many things I have in my closet that are appropriate for an 80-degree Thanksgiving? Zero! In case you're in Austin on Thursday, I'll be that girl sweltering in her jeans and San Francisco-worthy sweaters.