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Thanksgiving Workout Links

November 26, 2013

A lot of us have trouble working out effectively without a class that we pay, and then sign up, for; yet, attending a class can be difficult when you are away from home during the holidays and/or on vacation.

If you are remaining in or visiting Ann Arbor, great news! Barre Bee Fit is offering a 75 minute Boot Camp, from 9 – 10:15 a.m., so you can sweat through a great workout before eating your turkey dinner. Simply sign up on our website, under the “Events” tab.

If your resources are limited during Thanksgiving break, use this post as a resource! Following are links to some on-line resources that will help you to stay active, even if you only have a limited amount of time and space.

  • Barre

Of course, one of our top recommendations is the Barre Bee Fit YouTube channel. The Barre Bee Fit channel has a myriad of short videos, most just a few minutes long, that will target a specific muscle group (abs, arms, seat, thighs). Just make sure you stretch and warm up before starting one of our videos! While these videos will not provide the same experience as a full class, they are a great tool when you are unable to make it to a full class.

Try some barre work (sans barre) to stay active.

Try some barre work (sans barre) to stay active.

  • Yoga

Whether you have never taken a yoga class before, or you are so familiar with yoga poses you have considered teaching, yoga is a great way to work in some “me time,” even amidst familial pressures. All you need is a yoga mat and some comfortable clothing.

There are many yoga resources available, but a couple of channels currently amongst our favorites are the Ekhart Yoga TV channel, which is very instructive and offers a range of videos, from beginner to advanced. If you are looking to add a little more contemplative activity into your life daily, a great option is to join the 30 day challenge. By signing up on-line, sends a yoga video to you every day for 30 days, encouraging you to exercise during vacation, and afterwards.

Yoga: All you need is a yoga mat.

Yoga: All you need is a yoga mat.

  • Dance

Work up some sweat before luxuriating in a shower with a fun dance workout! There are many great options for dance workouts, as well. One that works very well if you do not consider yourself a dancer is this Dancing with the Stars workout (if you have experience with ballroom dancing, this video can still provide a good workout; just be warned that it is a little simple in some respects). Now, this Tracey Mallett video requires a little more coordination, and is substantially longer, at 3o minutes, but is a lot of fun! Of course, make sure to cool down and stretch when you are finished with any dance workouts.

Dance makes a great, fun workout!

Dance makes a great, fun workout!

  • Limited Space

Worried about noise and/or space limitations? Not to fear! Try the Quick + Quiet Hotel Room Workout, approximately 10 minutes of work demonstrated in a very tight space. Another option is the Dorm Room Workout; this workout is a great one, and the moves are demonstrated and explained very well. One possible problem with the Dorm Room Workout, however, is that the moves are not demonstrated for a full minute; if you continue to exercise while the next move is explained, though, you should be executing the moves about a minute. Or, utilize the pause button.

Limited space? That's okay; you can still work in a work out.

Limited space? That’s okay; you can still work in a work out.

Do you have a go-to exercise for vacations that we missed? Please let us know in the comments below! Also, share any thoughts on the links we have shared today – do any work particularly well? Is there one that did not work for you?

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(Note: Barre Bee Fit has not been paid or encouraged to promote any of these products/videos. We are simply sharing these links because we think they can help people remain active during vacations. Also, it is always recommended that you check with your doctor before attempting a new form of exercise.)

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