Looking for a great holiday workout? This 25 Days of Christmas workout will help you work up a sweat and get a jump start on those New Year’s resolutions! Check out the full workout below!
Ho ho ho!! I don’t know about you, but I always indulge a little bit during the holidays. And why shouldn’t I enjoy some yummy food this time of year? Christmas ham, ravioli, pecan pie, baked sweet potatoes with cranberries and apples, and mmmm Christmas sangria. They are all things I don’t really eat during the year, so at Christmas I taste a little bit of EVERYTHING.
But what I don’t do is skimp out on my fitness routine. I know I will feel better if I keep up with my workouts, and this year I created a special bonus workout just for the holiday season! So if you’re looking for a way to prep for all of those extra calories, try out my 25 Days of Christmas Workout. This fun and festive workout routine is the perfect way to balance holiday indulgence with fitness!
Equipment Needed for Your At-Home Christmas Workout
To ensure you get the most out of the 25 Days of Christmas Workout, having the right equipment at home is key. The good news is, this workout is designed to be accessible and adaptable, allowing you to use minimal equipment while still achieving maximum results. Here’s what you’ll need for these fun exercises:
- Yoga Mat or Comfortable Surface: An exercise mat or any comfortable, non-slip surface is crucial for exercises like bicycle crunches, planks, and burpees. It provides cushioning for your joints and helps prevent slipping, especially during more dynamic moves.
- Dumbbells: For strength training exercises such as shoulder presses, bicep curls, and dumbbell rows, a pair of dumbbells is ideal. If you don’t have dumbbells, feel free to get creative with household items like water bottles or canned goods.
- Sturdy Chair or Bench: A chair or bench will be useful for tricep dips and step-ups. Ensure it’s stable and can support your weight safely.
- Resistance Bands (Optional): If you want to add an extra challenge to your squats, lunges, and arm exercises, resistance bands are a great option – especially if you don’t have dumbbells. They’re also helpful for those looking to modify exercises to a lower impact version.
- Timer or Stopwatch: Keeping track of your reps and rest periods is easier with a timer or a stopwatch. You can use a physical timer, a mobile app, or even the clock on your phone.
- Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is key, especially during intense workouts. Keep a water bottle close by to ensure you’re replenishing fluids throughout the session.
- Towel: A small towel is handy for wiping away sweat and keeping your hands and face dry, ensuring a safer grip and more comfortable workout.
- Good Quality Sneakers: Protect your feet and joints with a pair of supportive sneakers, especially for high-impact exercises like jumping jacks and high knees.
- Music Player or Device for Playlist: Get into the festive spirit with your Christmas workout playlist. A music player or a device to stream your favorite holiday tunes will keep you motivated. (I have my own playlist linked for you below!)
Remember, the most important aspect of this workout is your commitment and effort. These equipment suggestions are meant to enhance your experience, but don’t let a lack of specific gear stop you from participating. Adapt and modify as needed, and most importantly, have fun staying fit this holiday season!
25 Days of Christmas Workout
This Christmas, I’m bringing you a unique workout to keep your fitness routine exciting. The “25 Days of Christmas Workout” is designed to help you stay fit while enjoying the holiday spirit. It’s a great way to prepare for the additional holiday calories and keep your fitness goals in sight.
Here’s how I planned this workout:
There are 25 moves, and each one has 25 reps. So that’s 25 squats, 25 pushups, 25 high knees, etc.
When it comes to lunges, split squats, and exercises that use one leg at a time, you have the option to do 26 total (because we don’t want to do just 12 on one side and 13 on the other!) OR 25 on each leg.
I always do 25 of each leg because I really want to feel that burn!
If you need to modify any of the moves, go for it. There’s no real right or wrong way to do this workout. Just get your heart rate up and move your body!
Here’s a full list of all of the moves:
- high knees
- bicycle crunches
- walking lunges
- shoulder presses
- jumping jacks
- plank tap-outs
- sumo squats
- dumbbell rows
- quick toe taps
- alternating toe reach
- split squats
- bicep curls
- mountain climbers
- Russian twists
- Romanian deadlifts
- upright rows
- low plank hip dips
- calf raises
- tricep dips
- butt kicks
- in and out abs
- burpees (because why not?!)
Here’s a quick video to show you how to perform each exercise, if you aren’t familiar with some of them.
Feel free to modify any moves if you need to – such as tapping out your legs during jumping jacks, or dropping down to your knees for pushups or planks.
The moves alternate between lower body, upper body, cardio, and abs. If you need a breather, take a 25 second break after four moves. Time yourself and try to complete the entire workout as quickly as possible to maximize your heart rate and fat burning.
Want more of an ab workout? Check out my 27 plank variations from last December.
Your Christmas Fitness Routine: A Special 25-Day Challenge
This Christmas, why not challenge yourself to a full 25 days of full-out fitness? Rather than just doing this workout once (say, on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day), consider challenging yourself to 25 moves for 25 days!
That’s right, you can start on the first day of Christmas with a 25 day workout plan that strengthens your whole body! By the twelfth day of Christmas, I bet you’ll be feeling strong and ready to increase your resistance and/or speed. Give it a try!
My Christmas Workout Playlist
Take the festivities up a notch with some holiday-themed music! While it might be weird to do burpees with Oh Holy Night in the background, this holiday Spotify playlist of mine is great for your Christmas workout.
This collection of festive Christmas songs and holiday jingles, originally created for my 12 Days of Fitmas class when I was a group fitness instructor, is the perfect backdrop for your Christmas workout routine. That class was a muscle burner! Maybe I should add it to my collection of fun Christmas workouts; what do you think?
Celebrate Fitness This Christmas
I hope you had lots of festive fun with this workout! How fast did you finish? Share your time in the comments below!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Embrace this festive season with enthusiasm and fitness. Let’s stay active and enjoy this wonderful time of the year.
Check out all of my other home workouts before you go!
Happy holidays, y’all!
Amanda is a mom of 4 living a mostly crunchy lifestyle outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 dogs, and a cat. As a former special education teacher who also has her personal training certification — Amanda really enjoys teaching others how to do things!
When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, exercising, photography, hiking, and long walks through Target.