Exercises to Help You Prepare for Holiday Activities

Get into the holiday spirit by getting in shape

Still having trouble getting into the holiday mood despite all the street decorations and Christmas tunes on the radio? Or maybe you are totally happy but are dreading some of the must-do activities that go hand-in-hand with the holidays?

Fitness instructor Tom Holland from Bowflex created a functional fitness program to get people in shape for all of the season’s festivities. You can pull down boxes of Christmas decorations and build a snowman. Your body is moving a lot so these easily fall in the “workout” category.

Minimum equipment is needed – just a stability ball and a set of hand weights.

Day 1: Pulling down boxes of Christmas decorations

Single Dumbbell Shoulder Presses: Holding a dumbbell in front of your chest with both hands, press it up over your head until your arms are fully extended, then slowly lower it back down on a 3-4 count.

2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

Day 2: Sledding

Overhead Dumbbell Squats: (Mimicking holding a sled over your head while strengthening legs for walking up the hill) Holding a dumbbell with both hands over your head, squat down into a seated position, then return to starting position.

 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

Day 3: Christmas shopping

Walking Lunges: Holding dumbbells with both hands at your sides, perform alternating lunges across the floor.

2-3 sets of 10 steps.

Day 4: Building a snowman

Ball Roll Outs: Kneel with your forearms resting on a stability ball. Slowly roll the ball away from you until your body is straight, then return to starting position.

2-3 sets of 10-20 repetitions.

Day 5: Playing with kids/getting on the ground

Mountain Climbers: While in plank position, alternate quickly pulling your right knee towards your chest, then your left knee.

2-3 sets of 30-60 seconds.

Day 6: Shoveling snow

Dumbbell Chops: Stand in a staggered stance while holding a dumbbell with both hands. Bend your knees while bringing the dumbbell behind you, then swing it back up and in front.

2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions each side.

Day 7: Ice skating

Skaters: Alternate jumping sideways from one leg to the other.

2-3 sets of 30-60 seconds.

More readings: 

11 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait Until the New Year to Get In Shape

Easy (Gym-Free) Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays

Why You Should be Working Out at Night