It may not be New Year’s Eve yet, so the parties aren’t over, but if you’re like the rest of us, you’re probably feeling a little weighed down right about now. Hopefully you tried a few of our healthy, energy-packed Holiday recipes, but if you gorged on cookies, cocktails and pie a little too much this Christmas, you probably need a boost right about now…and just in time to get a head start on those New Year’s resolutions.\r\n\r\nBelow are 3 quick, easy calorie blasters to help give you a boost of energy this last week of 2014. The festivities may be calming down, but chances are, life still needs you at your best!\r\n
//Lift Your Own Bodyweight
\r\nThat’s right – though you may feel 10 pounds heavier right now, you’re probably not. Regardless, lifting your own bodyweight is always a quick way to test your strength. Take a couple seconds to do a good old-fashioned push-up, and then lift in half the time. Do at least 10 reps of this, and DO NOT REST between motions! Push-ups are easier for some people than others, but if you’ve been enjoying energy-sucking carbs and desserts the past few days, it’s going to be challenging. Mountain climbers, body extensions, wall push-ups and reverse lunges are also great quick calorie-blasters.\r\n
\r\nFattening foods tend to go straight to the derriere. Target and tone that butt again with this quick and easy workout.\r\n\r\nStand with feet out – past shoulder-width. Arms stay by your sides.\r\nPut your weight onto your right leg and bend your knee at 90 degrees to go into a deep lunge. Keep your left leg straight, bringing down your bent right elbow back and bent left elbow out. Do at least 10 reps.\r\n
//Kick It Out
\r\nKick your routine up a notch (and your energy level!) with a lunge lick, which targets abdominals, legs and butt.\r\n\r\nStand with feet at hip-width, arms at sides. Bend your elbows. Lunge with left leg and swing your right arm forward while swinging your left arm back. Do at least 10 reps.\r\n\r\nOf course, make sure if you’ve gotten out of your gym routine, to get back into it so to get those New Year’s Resolutions in motion today. Sometimes, it’s also helpful to get out for a good run – it’s not snowing in Phoenix! For more tips on quick, easy exercises or how to get back to the gym after a break, visit our blog for more info!