Christmas Fitness Tips
At FitKit UK we’ve put together some of our best tips to help you stay healthy over Christmas, without feeling restricted. For many of us, we worry about gaining that Christmas weight. We can end up stressing about overdoing it on the pigs in blankets and cheese, rather than celebrating and relaxing after another long year. We want to remove the stress from fitness at Christmas. Take a look at these tips and try out the Christmas themed workout at the end.
Our first and most important tip is to RELAX. You haven’t worked all year long just to get to December and stress over interrupting your workout schedule or putting a few extra pounds on. Realistically, a couple of weeks away from your routine or diet will not impact it whatsoever! (In fact, some studies have shown it can be beneficial to take time off) So, take this time at Christmas to rest, enjoy time with family and friends and prepare to start the new year. Try not to let workouts and nutrition consume your Christmas.
- Stay Active
Staying active as much as you can over the Christmas period will not only boost your mental health in these cold months, but it will help to increase your overall energy expenditure. This means you’ll burn more throughout the day & therefore be able to enjoy an extra treat or two, without seeing any weight gain, if this is something that’s stressful to you. Now by ‘staying active’ we don’t mean taking up a new extreme sport or exercising for 3 hours a day. Do something you enjoy, like going for a long winter walk with family, friends or by yourself for some much needed peace and quiet.
- Allow yourself those Christmas treats
In order to avoid feeling like you’re ‘dieting’, make sure you allow yourself at least one Christmas treat every day. Whether it’s a Baileys hot chocolate, a few sweets from the selection boxes or a helping of cheese and biscuits. In the long run, this will help you to stay on track as it makes your diet sustainable by not ruling out treats completely.
- Try a New Workout
If you find yourself struggling for motivation over the Christmas period, why not make working out fun by trying a Christmas themed workout. There are so many Christmas workout challenges online, but luckily for you, we have put one together to do!
FitKit UK 12 Days of Christmas Workout Challenge
Do this 30-minute workout on 12 days in December to complete the challenge.
- 10 Air Squats
- 5 Inchworms
- 30 Seconds High Knees
Main Workout: As Many Rounds as Possible (AMRAP) in 30 minutes
- 12 Dumbbell Thrusters
- 11 Weighted Sit Ups
- 10 Barbell Reverse Lunges
- 9 Kettlebell Swings
- 8 Kettlebell Goblet Squats
- 7 Barbell Overhead Presses
- 6 Russian Twists (per side)
- 5 Press Ups
- 4 Single-Arm lateral Raises (per side)
- 3 Burpees
- 2 Barbell Clean & Press
- 1 Minute plank
Cool down & Stretch:
Make sure you stretch the following muscle groups properly to avoid tightness and reduce DOMs
- Hip Flexors
Most importantly, we hope you have a lovely Christmas. We all deserve it after the last two years we’ve had!
Charlotte @ FitKit UK