‘Tis the season…for fatty, sugary foods and sitting on your couch attempting to escape the cold. Rather than busting ass January 1, let’s combat the Christmas plump by proactively working against it! Don’t worry, this plan won’t have you skipping the pumpkin pie,because let’s face it, I don’t want to either. Holiday treats have a very special place in my belly. So with only 51 days until Christmas, here’s my fitness challenge (starting tomorrow) that will have you having your cake and working it off, too.
- Three days 30-60 minutes of cardio (running, aerobics, dance, kickboxing, etc)
- Two days 20-60 minutes low impact workout (pilates, yoga, stretching, weights, exercises in front of the tv, etc)
- Two days rest (or stretching)
Go to myfitnesspal.com and calculate based on your weight and fitness goals how many calories per day you should consume. Then aim for:
- 4 servings of vegetables
- 2-3 servings of fruit
- 64 ounces of water
- limit sweets/fats to 1-2 per day
- 1 free reward day per week (assuming you follow the plan everyday)
So if you know you have a holiday party to go to or it’s Thanksgiving, simply plan ahead. You could use that as your free day that week or run a 10k Thanksgiving morning to pre-burn calories. Whichever works best for you! Now get ready to give yourself the best Christmas gift I can think of — looking and feeling fabulous from the inside out.
Now just for fun, here’s a weekly challenge to motivate you and allow you to track your progress. If you want, share it on Instagram with #holidayfitchallenge. If you start late, no worries. Just start on a different week or catch up!
Week 1 (Nov 3-9): Take a start photo.
Week 2 (Nov 10-16): Write down your biggest fitness obstacle. Sweet tooth? Motivation to workout? Find a way to push past it.
Week 3 (Nov 17-23): Use one of your days to meditate. Take 30 minutes at the beginning or end of the day to do a relaxation exercise.
Week 4 (Nov 24-30): Share something you’re thankful for in this process.
Week 5 (Dec 1-7): You’re half way! Take a progress photo.
Week 6 (Dec 8-14): As the holidays approach, are you still eating clean? Document something healthy you’re eating.
Week 7 (Dec 15-21): Last full week — make it count! How are you challenging yourself this week?
Week 8 (Dec 22-25): Merry Christmas! Share your final photo.