Get Festively Fit: Christmas-Themed Workout Ideas

December 28, 2023

If you want your workouts to be a break from festive cheer and Christmas spirit, these ideas aren’t for you. But if you want to get all the joy you can out of the season, we’re here to help. Fear not! Today, we’re sharing some Christmas-themed workout ideas that will keep you in the holiday spirit while breaking a sweat.

Christmas-Themed Workout Ideas

Some of these you can do on your own, while others will require teammates to make the most of the workout. 

Santa’s Sleigh Pull

Channel your inner Santa Claus by creating your own sleigh-pulling workout. Find a heavy object, like a sled or a weighted sled-like apparatus if you have one, and attach a sturdy rope. Then, “pull” your sleigh around your yard or a designated area. This exercise is a fantastic full-body workout that engages your legs, core, and upper body. 

Snowball Fight Cardio

If you’re lucky enough to have a snowy Christmas, take advantage of it with a snowball fight cardio workout. Gather your family or friends, divide into teams, and engage in an epic snowball battle. Throwing, dodging, and running through the snow will get your heart rate up and give you an awesome cardio workout.

But for those of us in San Antonio who spend most Christmases without snow, there’s still a way to make this work! Get small bean bags or other items you can toss at each other that won’t hurt, and have a make-believe snowball fight. 

Reindeer Games Relay

Organize a reindeer games relay in your backyard or a nearby park. Create different stations inspired by Santa’s reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. 

Each station can feature a different exercise, such as burpees for Blitzen, planks for Prancer, v-ups for Vixen, and curls for Comet. Have participants complete a set number of reps at each station before moving on to the next. Make it competitive and fun!

Present Plank Challenge

Challenge yourself to a “Present Plank” challenge. Start by holding a plank position, and imagine you’re carefully wrapping a present with your core muscles engaged. Reach out and pretend to tie a ribbon, add a bow, and make it look as festive as possible, one hand at a time. 

Jingle Bell Jog

Don your favorite holiday-themed workout attire and head out for a Jingle Bell Jog around your neighborhood. Attach some jingle bells to your shoes or clothing to spread some holiday cheer as you run. You can even plan your route to pass by some beautifully decorated homes to get into the Christmas spirit. If you want to make this a group or neighborhood activity, spread the word ahead of time so more people can join.

Stay Fit This Holiday

These Christmas-themed workout ideas are designed to make exercise fun and festive. So, lace up your sneakers, grab your Santa hat, and make staying fit a part of your holiday celebration. After all, there’s no better gift you can give yourself than good health. Merry Fit-mas to you and yours! We regularly update the Xtend Blog with more fun fitness ideas, so check back soon. 

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