12 Days Of Christmas Workouts

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The weeks before Christmas can fly by in a blur of shopping, eating and working like a maniac to give yourself some much needed time off before 2023 arrives. Once the big day comes and you find yourself with some free time, your body will thank you for spending some of that time moving it before slumping in front of the box, and your mind will welcome the mental space as well as the dopamine hit exercise brings.

That’s why we’ve gone to some of the best PTs out there – the likes of Instagram sensation Alexia Clark, award-winning PT Laura “Biceps” Hoggins, British CrossFit champion Aimee Cringle and others – to come up with 12 ways to move your body between 25th December and 6th January – the 12 days of Christmas.

As you’d expect from us, we aren’t here to torture your body for nigh-on two weeks. Instead, we have a range of workouts to help develop your all-round fitness so you’ll feel fighting fit and enter 2023 on a high.

We will be sharing one workout a day and to kick things off we have a rest-day mobility workout to help you move more easily for what’s to come. Keep returning to it to help your body recover.  

5th January


This rejuvenating Pilates home workout will help improve your posture

4th January


This kettlebell HIIT workout is great for total-body conditioning

3rd January


You only need dumbbells to do this legs, bums and tums workout

2nd January


Strengthen your lower body with Krissy Cela’s six-move workout for the gym

1st January


Alexia Clark’s high-rep gym workout burns fat and builds muscle – are you up to the challenge?

31st December


Build muscle all over with this beginner strength workout from Laura ‘Biceps’ Hoggins

30th December


The treadmill workout for weight loss that keeps things interesting

29th December


Burn calories fast with this dumbbell cardio workout

28th December


Aimee Cringle’s four-move workout will bulletproof your core

27th December


This push/pull upper-body workout only takes 12 minutes

26th December


Fire up your metabolism with this feel-good workout

25th December


Start with this mobility routine – your body will thank you for it

Lucy Gornall

Lucy is an experienced health and fitness journalist, and was formerly health editor for TI Media’s portfolio of women’s titles. Lucy qualified as a level 3 personal trainer with Train Fitness in 2016, and also holds qualifications in pre- and post-natal fitness, as well as in nutrition for exercise.