It’s the most wonderful time of the year: filled with holiday festivities, jam-packed schedules, amazing desserts, and… dropping our fitness routines! Right? Oh, heck no. We know it ain’t easy to stay fit during the holidays, surrounded by pie, cold weather, and more pie. But just because the weather outside is frightful, that doesn’t mean your workouts have to be!
By incorporating a bit of the holiday spirit into your health and fitness, you’ll be sweatin’ straight through to the new year! So get a jump on those resolutions, maintain your routine, and work off those sweets with these fun and festive holiday fitness games:
Fitness Advent Calendar
Who doesn’t love a good advent calendar? Counting down the days to Christmas gets even more fun when you get a little piece of chocolate every single day, for 25 days in a row! Unfortunately, chocolate isn’t the ideal fuel to keep your workout momentum going. Instead of chowing down on even more goodies, give yourself the gift of health and replace that candy with some cardio.
Write down 25 exercises, one for each day until Christmas, and place them all together on a calendar – somewhere you’ll be sure to see it. As each day passes from December 1st-25th, complete those 30 crunches, 15 minutes of cardio, or 2 miles of walking you wrote for that day. To ramp up the difficulty level even more, add each exercise onto the one from the previous day. By the time Christmas comes around, you’ll be sweating off those cookies before you’ve even had any!
Trim the Tree
Decorating the tree is one of the best parts of getting into the holiday spirit. What could possibly make it even more fun? Adding exercise, of course! This one is a super simple way to spruce up your workout routine. Write your favorite workout move on each ornament. Once you’ve completed it, put it up on the tree. When you’re done, you’ll be feeling festive and fit! And you’ll have a beautiful tree to show as a result of your dedication.
Give Back to Charity
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to give back to others, and to yourself. If you need some extra motivation to get moving, get in the giving spirit and collect sponsor pledges! Set up a challenge for yourself (be it miles walked, squats done, whatever), and get your friends, family, and coworkers to sponsor you, with the proceeds going to a charity of your choice. It’ll make you feel all warm inside—literally and figuratively.
If you really want a heart-pumping, muscle-building workout that will also get you singing along to those classic holiday tunes, take a themed holiday workout with Studio SWEAT onDemand. It’ll encourage you to stay on track, even in those busy winter weeks. Try a seasonal Spin class like this Christmas Slay Ride with Cat!
If you want access to tons more classes like this, and to get started on crushing those Christmas calories, sign up for our 7-day free trial. With a huge library of workouts, no matter where you’re traveling for the holidays, you can stream real workouts featuring real people, anywhere, on any device. So what are you waitin’ for – jump back on the fitness wagon and sleigh your workout goals!
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