Festive & Fit: Fun Holiday Workout Ideas

Baby, it’s cold outside! Exercise may not be the first thing you think of when you think of winter, but it’s actually the perfect time to burn calories! In cooler temperatures, your body has to expend more energy to stay warm. Use that extra boost to your advantage and mix up your routine with our five favorite ways to get festive and fit this holiday season.

 A Holiday Walk

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Get into the holiday spirit with a brisk walk around your neighborhood to admire the decorations. Find a detour that leaves you bedazzled by your surroundings, and invite your family and friends along! You’ll be too busy having fun to notice that you’re actually burning calories.

Build A Snowman

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‘Tis the season for building a snowman! Grab your family and head outdoors—you’ll be surprised by the full body workout you get just playing in the snow. To make the most out of your snowman workout, roll a bigger snowball for the body sections, and when you lift to stack it, use your core. Don’t shy away from making a snow angel either, angel ab exercises are an incredible way to build core and upper body strength.

 

Holiday Shopping

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Shop until you drop the pounds! The best part about the crowded mall during the holidays is the major calorie burn from all the walking. We suggest you keep up a brisk pace and hold all of your shopping bags as you browse store to store. Skip the escalator or elevator and take the stairs to maximize your workout in minimum time with low impact.

Holiday 5k or Fun Run

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Put on your holiday socks or a Santa hat and sign up for a local 5k jingle run. It’s a great way to get involved in your community. Get your family and friends to join in on the festivities for a run that’s even more fun!

 

Ice Skating

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Ice skating is a calorie-burning, core-strengthening, leg-toning activity that is actually fun. Knees, ankles, and hips will see improvement with this low-impact gliding exercise. What are you waiting for? Strap on your skates and get out on the ice!

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