Healthy for the Holidays Fitness Plan: Abs, Back + Stability

Jessica Smith
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Healthy for the Holidays Fitness Plan: Abs, Back + Stability

Welcome to Day 3: Healthy for the Holidays!

Your Day 3 workout is a core strength session that doesn’t require any equipment (though you might want to use a mat or a towel for the floor work). This routine is easy to do in a small space in your hotel or at home and can be adapted for most fitness levels.

In our workout video below, we’ll perform exercises designed to help build balance, stability and functional core strength. I’ll show you options throughout the workout so you can make the moves work for you and adjust to your current fitness level as needed.

Prefer to do your own routine? Schedule 15–20 minutes of your favorite core-focused workout, and check in with us in the comments below or on social media once you are done.

Today’s Healthy for the Holidays Tip: Snack smart!

You can still enjoy yourself at that holiday gathering without going overboard by making the right choices. Choose healthier options whenever possible for your favorite treats (like these 12 holiday food swaps) to save calories without deprivation.

Let me help you fit in fitness 10 minutes at a time with my brand new “Walk On: 10 Minute Quick Walk Mix!” This at-home exercise program features cardio, strength and flexibility routines that work with even the busiest of schedules.

Day 3: The A.B.S. (Abs, Back + Stability) Workout

This workout can be logged as “PILATES” in your MyFitnessPal app

Tell us when you’ve completed today’s workout. Share it in the comments below, or tag us in your check-ins @MyFitnessPal so we can cheer you on!

More Healthy for the Holidays Workouts

> Join Our Healthy for the Holidays Fitness Plan
> Day 2: Total-Body Training
> Day 4: Intervals

About the Author

Jessica Smith
Jessica Smith

As someone who struggled to lose weight for years, Jessica found that the key to her own 40-pound weight loss was making small, healthy lifestyle changes that led to big, lasting results. Now, as a certified wellcoach, fitness instructor and personal trainer, she has spent the last 15 years helping students and clients reach their goals in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. She now reaches millions online through her YouTube Channel and home exercise DVD series. Please visit to learn more about her fun, results-driven programs for all levels of exercisers.


20 responses to “Healthy for the Holidays Fitness Plan: Abs, Back + Stability”

  1. Avatar Kylee says:

    Day 3 done. Adding in another workout in today to get my energy going for the rest of the day.

  2. Avatar Tammy says:

    Day 3 done. This short fitness bursts are perfect for my crazy busy life style!

  3. Avatar LMacbeth says:

    Day 3 done!

  4. Avatar Shak75 says:

    These workouts have been an excellent start to my day. Thank you!

  5. Avatar Goffersn says:

    Done with day 3!!

  6. Avatar marstar99 says:

    Done with Day 3 🙂

  7. Avatar Amber says:

    Day 3 done! Did 1 mile walk video earlier this morning to a little extra calorie burn. Thanks for not editing out that you are human and sometimes we just can’t get the workout position the way it’s supposed to go. Love it!

  8. Avatar Natalie Swanson Scicluna says:

    Done with day 2 and day 3. Feeling good!

  9. Avatar R.K. says:

    Day 1 & 2 done yesterday – loving the 20 minute workouts, thanks Jessica.
    Day 3 done today after a 6 mile run – feeling determined ☺. X

  10. Avatar Deanna says:

    Day 3 done. I love peanuts energy today. Lol

  11. Avatar Christine says:

    Day 3 = done. My lower back feels amazing! Thank you

  12. Avatar Ingrid says:

    Day 3 is done. Feeling good.

  13. Avatar DHiggs says:

    I’ve always loved your ab workouts, you really know how to get to the core of the matter 😉 Day 3 complete. I’m going to do a bit of yoga now.

  14. Avatar Patti Haraldsen says:

    Day 3, week 2 done. Love this challenge!

  15. Avatar Melissa Hofer says:

    I had some extra time today so I did this after doing the day 1 workout and it was a great combo!

  16. Avatar Kawi Shan says:

    Up to day 3! Sadly went up a half pound yesterday but still only five pounds from my total weight loss goal. I’m not discouraged! I’m calling it muscle mass and moving (pun intended) on with my routine.

  17. Avatar Shreya says:

    Did day 1,day2,now day3 it feels amazing and full of energy for the rest of the day. Thanks Jessica!!!

  18. Avatar Darci says:

    Just finished day 3. Got started late on the program because of a knee injury, but am loving it.

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