Workouts over the festive period

The Christmas period is one of the best of the year, but it is also one of the hardest to stay fit and healthy. You are at your busiest socially, your spare time is taken up with Christmas shopping and getting everything ready for the big day. The pounds pile on and progress toward fitness goals is lost – it’s why everyone hits the gym in January after all.  

But it doesn’t have to be this way! By keeping fit during the festive season, you’ll keep up with your goals and you will be in a much better position come January.  

We got a few ideas below, obviously these come with all of the usual caveats, you should ensure it’s safe for you to exercise and perform these prior to starting…. 

Advent stairs challenge 

Each day of December climb and descend your stairs to match the day number. No stairs? – 20 high knees for each day  

No rocket science needed for this to work out that NYE will be 31 trips up and down! 

Remember, this can be a simple walk or made a bit faster, we draw the line at suggesting safety equipment during this task, just ensure you are travelling at a safe speed and mind out for small humans and animals. 

Step to it! 

350,000 steps in a month? – that’s and extra 1300 (ish) steps a day. 

Aim to complete your 10,000, then the extra, or add a walk in with family/friends. You could take the long route to the shops or work (if you can walk). 

Even better you could plan it out to be ahead of schedule and see if you can get over 350,000! 

Squat a-lot 

Let’s keep that Bum in good shape over Christmas! Follow the below table to increase you squats and work those glutes. The daily amount can be broken down into sets if doing them all together is challenging. 

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 
10 15 20 Rest 20 25 30 
Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 
35 40 45 Rest 45 50 55 
Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21 
60 65 70 Rest 70 75 80 
Day 22 Day 23 Day 24 Day 25 Day 26 Day 27 Day 28 
85 90 95 Rest 95 100 105 
Day 29 Day 30 Day 31     
110 115 120     

So there is a few ideas that can help keep you on track over Christmas that are easy to fit in or that other can join in with. 

You could even pick a couple of them such as the squats and step challenge if you wanted to do a little more. 

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