Thanksgiving Pie, Christmas Cookies, Finals? Working Out is the Cure!


Thanksgiving is the best holiday, besides the fact that most of us eat our body weight in food! With Christmas around the corner and all the delicious holiday treats, here are some basic workouts that don’t require equipment to help you keep in shape if you are away over break.Stress around finals is another factor that can contribute to weight gain and working out can help release Dopamine to lower the stress. Keep in mind that workouts are only effective if you choose to eat right. Quality is always more beneficial than quantity when performing an exercise, so make sure to always keep the correct form.

Recommended: 3 sets of 10 reps per exercise



  • Keep feet shoulder width apart
  • Place hands behind your head with your elbows out
  • Lower your butt as close as you can to the floor, as if you were sitting on a chair, without having your knees pass your toes

Prison Squat:

prison squat

  • Start with feet together
  • Step out with your right foot, making sure your right knee is aligned with your ankle
  • Your left foot will be in the same spot except your left leg will be lowered to the floor, but not touching the ground
  • Go back to starting position and repeat with other leg. This is one rep.

Basic Push-Up:

Push Up

  • Make sure your wrists are parallel to your shoulders
  • Slowly lower your body to the floor until you’re almost able to touch the floor with your face
  • Make sure your butt doesn’t sink and keep your back flat



  • Start off in a “leap frog” kind of position, as shown in the picture (second figure)
  • Then thrust your legs out to go into a push up position (make sure your back stays flat and you don’t sink)
  • Go back into the leap frog position and then hop up off the ground
  • Repeat
  • Challenge: when in the starting push up position, you can lower your body into a push up then bring yourself back up and continue the burpee.



  • Start in a push up position
  • Bring your right knee to your left elbow
  • Quickly switch and bring your left knee to your right elbow
  • Keep repeating
  • The continuous movement should result in a jumping sort of motion
  • This is one rep

Toe Touches:

toe touch

  • Lie on your back with your legs in a 90 degree angle that’s perpendicular to the floor
  • Bring your arms up, while keeping your legs in the same position and try to touch your toes
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