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THE 12 DAYS OF FITMAS

Merry Christmas Eve, fitness enthusiasts!

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As we gear up for the most wonderful time of the year, it’s easy to get caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle. With the promise of Christmas morning just ONE SLEEP AWAY, the last thing on your mind might be hitting the gym for a standard workout. Fear not, for I have a festive and fun alternative that will have you breaking a sweat in the spirit of the season!

Introducing the “12 Days of Christmas”, circuit workout style – a merry twist to your fitness routine that’s bound to bring joy to your muscles! Each exercise is inspired by the classic holiday song, and as you progress through the workout, you’ll be singing your way to a healthier you.

Picture yourself leaping like lords, lunging like ladies dancing, and squatting like maids a-milking. It’s a workout that not only targets different muscle groups but also keeps you entertained with a touch of holiday cheer.

Are you ready to jingle all the way to a healthier you? Let the 12 Days of Fitmas workout begin!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… a partridge in a pear tree! But wait, we’re not singing carols, we’re breaking a sweat in style!

Grab your workout essentials: water, a towel, a mat, anything to add a little weight (a medicine ball, dumbbells, cans of beans, or even a frozen turkey!). Don’t forget a timer – because we’re about to jingle all the way through a festive fitness extravaganza!

Remember to take 30-60 seconds of rest between each interval round – after all, even Santa takes a break between chimneys!

Adjust the intensity based on your fitness level, ramp up your heartrate and warm up your muscles, then get ready to feel the burn in the most festive way possible!

On the first day of FITMAS, my Health & Wellness Columnist gave to me:

  • 1 30-second plank

Round #2:

  • 2 hand release push-ups
  • 1 30-second plank

Round #3:

  • 3 20-second wall sits
  • 2 hand release push-ups
  • 1 30-second plank

Round #4:

  • 4 Burpees
  • 3 20-second wall sits
  • 2 hand release push-ups
  • 1 30-second plank

Round #5:

  • 5 mountain climbers
  • 4 Burpees
  • 3 20-second wall sits
  • 2 hand release push-ups
  • 1 30-second plank

Round #6:

  • 6 triceps dips
  • 5 mountain climbers
  • 4 Burpees
  • 3 20-second wall sits
  • 2 hand release push-ups
  • 1 30-second plank

Round #7:

  • 7 hip bridges
  • 6 triceps dips
  • 5 mountain climbers
  • 4 Burpees
  • 3 20-second wall sits
  • 2 hand release push-ups
  • 1 30-second plank

Round #8:

  • 8 air squats
  • 7 hip bridges
  • 6 triceps dips
  • 5 mountain climbers
  • 4 Burpees
  • 3 20-second wall sits
  • 2 hand release push-ups
  • 1 30-second plank

Round #9:

  • 9 shoulder presses
  • 8 air squats
  • 7 hip bridges
  • 6 triceps dips
  • 5 mountain climbers
  • 4 Burpees
  • 3 20-second wall sits
  • 2 hand release push-ups
  • 1 30-second plank

Round #10:

  • 10 reverse lunges (each leg)
  • 9 shoulder presses
  • 8 air squats
  • 7 hip bridges
  • 6 triceps dips
  • 5 mountain climbers
  • 4 Burpees
  • 3 20-second wall sits
  • 2 hand release push-ups
  • 1 30-second plank

Round #11:

  • 11 weighted wood chops (each side)
  • 10 reverse lunges (each leg)
  • 9 shoulder presses
  • 8 air squats
  • 7 hip bridges
  • 6 triceps dips
  • 5 mountain climbers
  • 4 Burpees
  • 3 20-second wall sits
  • 2 hand release push-ups
  • 1 30-second plank

Round #12:

  • 12 bent-over rows
  • 11 weighted wood chops (each side)
  • 10 reverse lunges (each leg)
  • 9 shoulder presses
  • 8 air squats
  • 7 hip bridges
  • 6 triceps dips
  • 5 mountain climbers
  • 4 Burpees
  • 3 20-second wall sits
  • 2 hand release push-ups
  • 1 30-second plank

And there you have it, the 12 Days of FITmas workout. Let me know how you did!

**Disclaimer: Check with your healthcare provider to ensure you are healthy enough to do this workout. Not all these exercises may be suited for your current fitness level. Please use common sense and do not do anything that causes pain or injury to your body. All movements should be scaled and modified to your fitness level. And don’t forget to mobilize post-workout!

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