’Tis officially the season of egg nog, holiday parties and cookie exchanges, my friends!
Now before you go filling up your Advent calendar with parties and other opportunities for merry-making, promise me that you’ll also schedule some workout time in there, too, okay? It really is the best gift that you can give to yourself – it’ll help you manage your stress levels and create some caloric wiggle-room so that you can enjoy a few extra glasses of holiday cheer without packing on the pounds. Because no one wants Santa to bring them a bigger pair of pants for Christmas.
To help get you in the workout spirit, last night I mentioned on Twitter that I’ve created a little challenge for you, which I call The 12 Workout Moves of Christmas. The best part about this workout is that it can be done anywhere – you don’t need any equipment (although having a mat handy would be nice), so you can bust these moves out in your hotel or living room if you have to. The worst part about this challenge is that it’s, well, challenging. No getting off easy with this one, folks.
**Before we get to the workout, here’s my standard disclaimer about making sure that you talk to your doctor before attempting this (or any) exercise program. Remember to go at your own pace and honor any injuries/limitations that you have.**
12 Workout Moves of Christmas Challenge
Warm-up: five to ten minutes of any light cardio of your choice; a light walk/jog on the treadmill or elliptical, or some calisthenics like jumping jacks and jogging in place if you’re at home.
Workout: Perform each of these moves one after the other for the specified number of reps listed. Once you’ve made it through the entire circuit, rest for 30-60 seconds and then repeat the entire circuit as many times as you can. The ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO DO 12 COMPLETE ROUNDS OF THIS WORKOUT. I know. I know. It will be tough, so work your way up to it and modify the moves to suit your needs. Go at your own pace and give it your best shot. No worries if you can’t make it through all 12 rounds the first (or tenth) time you do this workout, just keep trying again!
(to be sung to the tune of the Twelve Days of Christmas)
12 Plank Jacks
11 Squat Jumps
10 Walkout push-ups
9 Tricep Dips
8 Side lunge to crossover taps (Do 8 reps on one leg, then switch to the other side for another 8 )
7 Glute Bridges
5 Rolling T Planks (Left, center, right = 1. Do this 5 times total)
4 Surrenders (Do 4 leading on one side, then switch and do 4 leading with the other side. If you don’t have hand weights, just put your hands above your head or behind your neck, hence the name)
3 Sit-Ups (yes, real ones)
2 Minutes Small Arm Circles (1 minute going forward, followed by 1 minute going backwards)
1 20-second Plank Hold
Don’t attempt this challenge every day, but doing this a couple of times a week on non-consecutive days will be a great addition to your workout routine during the holidays (and beyond).
Let me know in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook if you attempt this challenge! If you really want to push yourself, record the amount of time it took you to complete whatever number of rounds you did, and use that to push yourself to go faster/further each time.
I’ll probably try it this weekend and will let you know what I think! Next up for the holiday-themed workouts, the 8-Move Weight Routine of Hanukkah, perhaps?!