Sweat Out That Sleeve Of Cookies With This Killer Workout
Whether it’s a ring at the doorbell or the enthused “salespeople” camped outside your local grocery store that prompt you to place an order, one thing is for certain: At this time of year, there’s no avoiding cookies.
They’ve become an unofficial symbol that spring is around the corner and are revered as perhaps the most welcome door-to-door sales pitch one can receive.
Even for those of us who have been hitting the gym and sticking to our New Year’s resolutions, it’s one treat that’s hard to pass up.
So, let’s get real for a minute. You’re not just buying the cookies—not just placing an order because it’s a “good cause.” You’re eating them. And if you’re anything like me, that means eating an entire sleeve (and every once in a while, an entire box) in one sitting … because how can you not?
And while the minty, chocolatey taste is great in the moment, the realization you just consumed well over 1,000 calories is a little bit harder to swallow.
Rather than sweating the small stuff and sitting on the couch feeling sluggish, make your next move something that will leave you feeling strong instead.
“Cheat days are inevitable. And more importantly, they’re allowed,” says Kara Lennon, trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp. “We all have them, trainers included, so don’t beat yourself up.”
“The way I see it, as long as we get back on track, a day of indulgence every so often is not going to set us too far back. Life’s about balance,” Lennon continues.
To help jumpstart your cookie hangover, Lennon has designed a workout specifically targeted at working off exactly one box of these treats.
Fair warning: this one isn’t for the faint of heart.
Get into a plank position with your body parallel to the ground. Keeping the hips, knees and toes in a line and the core tight, bend your elbows until your chest hits the floor, then push your body back up to the original position. Be sure to keep the elbows in throughout the motion.
40 squat jacks
Start standing with your feet together. Jump your feet out and simultaneously bend your knees so you land in a squat position, with your knees over your toes and your weight back. Jump back to the starting position.
60 jumping squats
With your feet shoulder-width apart, bend your knees until you’re in a deep squat. Jump up explosively as high as you can. When you land, bend your knees back into a deep squat, and continue.
80 jumping lunges (40 to each side)
Stand with your left foot slightly in front of your right, with your knees slightly bent. Keeping your core engaged, push off the bottom of both feet. While in the air, move your left foot behind your right so that you land in a deep lunge, with your back leg bent directly underneath your body and your front leg bent at 90 degrees from the knee and hip.
Laying on the ground with your knees bent, place your hands behind your head. Using your abs and keeping space between your chin and your chest, lift your upper body towards your knees.
120 skater jumps (60 to each side)
Start in a small squat and jump sideways to the left, landing on your left leg. Bring your right leg behind to your left ankle. Reverse direction by jumping to the right with your right leg.
140 high knees
With your feet shoulder width apart, lift your right knee until it’s at a 90-degree angle, then bring it down and bring your left to the same position. Continue running in place lifting your knees as high as you can.
Did you give this workout a go? Tweet @Reebok to let us know how long it took you to finish.