Get Fit with the 12 Moves of Christmas Workout!


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The holiday season has officially started, and you may have already noticed your fitness routine start to slip a little. To keep your motivation high in the crazy days ahead, we've created this fun, calorie-blasting cardio and strength circuit workout. The 12 moves in this routine don't require any sort of equipment, so you can do them anywhere. (No more excuses for skipping out on exercise during holiday travels!) Plus, did we mention that it's FUN? This workout constantly switches from one move to the next, so you never have time to get bored.

To do the workout, start from the top and work your way down the circuit. Go immediately from one move to the next, completing the number of reps (or minutes) listed next to each exercise. Move as quickly as you can to get your heart rate up and burn more calories. If you're a beginner, try the whole circuit one time through. For intermediate or advanced exercisers, do the whole circuit two or three times through.

This fast-paced routine may be just the ticket to help you avoid gaining those pesky holiday pounds this year. So, what are you waiting for? Blast your favorite festive tunes and get in the spirit while you sweat. Don't forget to Pin, Like, and Tweet to share with your friends! Happy Holidays!

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Will you try the 12 Moves of Christmas workout? If you already have, how did you do?

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  • 13
    After more than 4 years on Spark and losing 95 lbs, I still would not be able to do exercises such as these! It's not because I am unwilling, it's because I wrecked my body being morbidly obese. I have a bad back and can not do any high impact anything including running or jumping (plyo). I don't think that the MAJORITY of Sparkers will find this helpful. Lots of really fit people will love this, but what about those of us who are still too heavy to do these exercises even with modifications? What about those whose Dr's would frown upon us trying these exercises because they would hurt us rather than help us? What about those who are not co-ordinated enough or who lack the ability to hold their own weight up off the floor with their arms?
    Why is it you give us the super challenging when (and you should probably have a poll about this!) MOST LIKELY the MAJORITY of Sparkers are unable to perform these exercises? - 11/28/2012   11:07:26 AM
  • 12
    DACLARK17- Actually, the knee and the toes are pointed in the same direction in exercise #2, which is safe and proper form. Perhaps the photo is a little small/dark to be able to see that though. The angle of the knee in #3 is less than 90 degrees, but the photo does show the knee pushing a little more forward toward the toes than I would like, but still within a safe range (not past toes).

    Of course, everyone should modify, skip moves, etc. to suit their own goals or issues. - 11/28/2012   10:33:56 AM
  • 11
    Most of these are above my fitness level right now, so not this year. Too bad they don't have modified variations listed. - 11/28/2012   10:11:01 AM
  • 10
    Looks like loads of fun! - 11/28/2012   8:34:02 AM
  • 9
    I am definitely going to try all but two 2 & 3. The angle of the knees in 3 is well over 90 degrees and 2 has the foot sideways to the knee...a recipe for disaster, keeping the knees pointed to the toes doesn't work for me when the heels are at an angle like that...just my humble observation - 11/28/2012   3:40:46 AM
  • 8
    Love this! - 11/28/2012   3:12:22 AM
  • 7
    Any suggestions on how to print this? My print shrunk to a letter sized paper and the print is too small to work with. - 11/27/2012   5:23:08 PM
  • 6
    It looks Fabulous...but it is a little hard for me too. I can do the chair excercises and if you have a recliner you can incorporate that too in to your routine. Hallway, dance up and down it. The john is another place to get in a few leg raises or stretch your toes, play miss mary black, like we did when we were kids. If you have tile blocks in the kitchen, play don't step on the cracks or you'll break your mother's back. Get creative on your own or get your kids involved, make one of your kids your personal trainer.. - 11/27/2012   3:12:07 PM
  • 5
    It's cute how you renamed the moves and I'm going to print this out now to do when I'm visiting kin. Thanks! - 11/27/2012   2:39:01 PM
  • 4
    Yeah - it looks a little tough for me, too, as I'm really out of shape. My doc finally released me for light exercise. Nothing too crazy yet. But, maybe I could do this and modify some of them....Worth a try. Might make exercise a little fun! - 11/27/2012   1:55:15 PM
  • 3
    It does look like a tough one, but I'll give it a go! - 11/27/2012   11:47:47 AM
  • 2
    Very cute idea! Just finished doing the workout, and I definitely am going to save this one! It took me a little less than 20 minutes to finish going through the circuit once. It's a great workout for me because it doesn't require any equipment, and it still made me break a sweat! :) - 11/27/2012   10:41:01 AM
  • 1
    Hmm Im going to try to do this workout but I don't know it looks tough! Well Im not a quitter so Ill try it & see! :) - 11/27/2012   10:32:12 AM

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