Holiday gut buster workout

The holiday season means lots of obligations for many people and even fewer time than usual to work out.
It’s understandable to slack off your regular workout routine some during this time of year, but don’t completely forget about fitness or else it will be a lot harder to bounce back in January.
With holiday eating and drinking temptations and less time, it will be even harder than usual to fight the battle of the bulge in your mid-section.
With that in mind, here are some quick 10-minute ab workouts to do 4-5 times a week to keep your belly from starting to look like Santa’s.
Warm up with five minutes of cardio, or do these after a regular workout.
Do three sets of each and only take short breaks in between:
Exercise ball crunch – Lie on the ball with your back flat and your feet planted on the ground; Curl up keeping your lower back on the ball; Return to the starting position.
NOTE: If you don’t have ab exercise ball, do these lying on the floor.
Right oblique crunch – With your right hand behind your head and your left hand on your stomach, raise up bringing your right elbow up and your left knee up to meet each other. When returning to the starting position extend your leg out parallel to the ground, but do not lower your heel to touch the ground.
Left oblique crunch – This movement is the same as the previous, but with the opposite side.
Leg raises – While lying on your back raise your legs to a 45-degree angle and hold for 10 counts. Control your legs to make sure they do not swing. The movement should originate from your abdominal muscles.
Plank – Is a great way to build endurance in both the abs and back, as well as stabilizer muscles. Lie face down on mat resting on the forearms, palms flat on the floor; Push off the floor, raising up onto toes and resting on the elbows; Keep your back flat, in a straight line from head to heels; Tilt your pelvis and contract your abdominals to prevent your bottom from sticking up in the air; Hold for 20 to 60 seconds, lower and repeat for three reps.

Remember that diet plays a great role in the state of your abs. If you eat more calories than you burn, you’re going to ad fat, so slow down at the holiday smorgasbord.