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12 Workouts of Christmas

12 Dec 12 Workouts of Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly, be merry, eat delicious food and indulge in that extra glass of wine. ‘Tis also the season that we tend to neglect exercise and routine, with excuses like “I’m just too busy” being all too common. That is why we’ve come up with a 12-day workout to keep you active this festive season.

These workouts will take you a maximum of 40 minutes and we have used as little equipment as possible, just in case you’re away from your gym this December.

On the first day of Christmas, Pure Results challenged me to a 20-minute ab workout and some Vitamin C

 

Loaded with Vitamin C, add a cup of lemon and ginger water to your daily liquid intake.

It’s the start of your twelve-day workout plan, leading up to Christmas. Today, we’re going to focus on working out those abs.

Warm up: 3-mins of star jumps; 2-mins jogging/skipping on the spot

Set 1: 30 normal sit-ups; 30 crunches; 30 bicycles.

Repeat twice.

Set 2: 20 crunches; 10 leg raises; 20 crunches.

Repeat twice.

Set 3: 30-second plank

Repeat twice.

Stretch: Hold downward dog for 30-seconds; hold ‘Child’s Pose’ for 30 seconds; hold ‘Cobra’ for 30-seconds.

End your workout with a glass of lemon water with grated ginger in it – packed with Vitamin C, this will help boost your immune system and leave you feeling refreshed.

On the second day of Christmas, Pure Results challenged me to two ten-minute sets that the legs will love.

 

Don’t have a jump rope? That’s okay – you can simply jog on the spot.

How are your abs feeling after day 1? Great! Today, we’re focusing on legs. Get ready!

Warm up: 3-mins of star jumps; 2-mins skipping

Set 1: 20 squats; 10 jump squats; 20 lunges.

Repeat once.

Set 2: 20 squats; 10 sumo squats; 20 lunges.

Repeat once.

Stretch: Hold hamstring stretches for 30 seconds each side; hold a toe-touch stretch for 30 seconds.

Your legs might be a little stiff tomorrow, but we promise, they will love you for it in the long run!

On the third day of Christmas, Pure Results challenged me to three arm workouts, to prove my strength

 

Rest is essential for the body and soul, so make the most of today’s rest day.

For day three’s workout, you’re going to need a set of weights (or makeshift ones). We suggest using 2kg weights, but if you are feeling strong you can use weights up to 4kgs. You’re also going to need a platform you can do tricep dips from.

Warm up: 3-mins of star jumps; 2-mins jogging/skipping on the spot

Set 1: 30 bicep curls per arm (per arm)

Repeat twice.

Set 2: 30 tricep dips

Repeat twice.

Set 3: 30 extended bicep curls (per arm)

Warm down: 2-mins jogging/skipping on the spot; easy stretch.

Remember to only lift as much as you feel comfortable lifting – you don’t want to injure yourself by using weights that are too heavy!

On the fourth day of Christmas, Pure Results challenged me to a four(ty) minute walk or jog in the park

We know it’s cold outside, but it’s time to brave the weather, layer up, and head outside for a 40-minute walk or slow jog. This will get your blood flowing and your endorphins pumping.

On the fifth day of Christmas, it’s time for a days’ rest, a slow stretch and a cup of herbal tea

Today is your first rest day, and it’s definitely well deserved. We recommend you give yourself a stretch out, take a bath, and enjoy a cup of herbal tea. A herbal tea that is great for muscle recovery is green tea, which also contains all sorts of excellent antioxidants.

On the sixth day of Christmas, Pure Results challenged me to another workout to get my heart pumping

Today, we’d like you to head outdoors again. It’s up to you what you’d like to do, but we’d recommend a slow jog, for about 40 minutes. If jogging is not your thing, a fast walk is great too.

On the seventh day of Christmas, Pure Results challenged me to a 30-minute ab workout and a some more green tea

Green tea has so many great benefits, and is really, really good for you and your digestive system.

It’s time to get those abs working again!

Warm up: 3-mins of star jumps; 2-mins jogging/skipping on the spot

Set 1: 30 twisting sit-ups; 30 crunches; 10 leg raises.

Repeat.

Set 2: 20 crunches; 20 normal sit-ups; 30 bicycles.

Repeat.

Set 3: 10 jackknife sit-ups; 20 normal sit-ups; 10 jackknife sit-ups.

Repeat.

Stretch: Hold downward dog for 30-seconds; hold child’s pose for 30 seconds; hold cobra for 30-seconds.

End your day today with a cup of green tea. Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, this is the perfect detox drink for this time of year.

On the eighth day of Christmas, Pure Results challenged me to a quick leg-burning workout

Get ready to feel the burn today! A little different to previous days, there are eight leg exercises set out for you to do. You can repeat once, twice or three times – this is up to you.

10x normal squats

10x reverse lunges with knee lifts (each side)

20x calf raises

5x jump squats

10x side lunges (each side)

5x side leg raises (each side)

10x sumo squats

10x normal squats

Stretch: Hold a hamstring stretch for 30 seconds each side; hold a toe-touch stretch for 30 seconds.

This workout is a tough one, but we know you can do it! If you feel at all stiff after the workout, enjoy a hot bath with essential oils in it – this will help relax your muscles.

On the ninth day of Christmas, Pure Results challenged me to a workout working on a strength unbeknown to me

Let’s not neglect working out our arms. This 20-minute arm workout will increase your physical strength if repeated on a weekly basis. Let us know when you start to feel stronger!

Warm up: 5-mins jogging/skipping on the spot

Set 1: 35 bicep curls per arm (per arm)

Repeat twice.

Set 2: 35 tricep dips

Repeat twice.

Set 3: 35 extended bicep curls (per arm)

Repeat twice.

Warm down: 2-mins jogging/skipping on the spot; easy stretch.

If you felt stronger today than you did one week ago, we’ve got good news – it’s working! A stronger you is only a few days away and, if you’d like, continuing this plan might be something you decide to take up.

On the tenth day of Christmas, another rest came to me – today you can take it easy, and sip on a cup of herbal tea

Christmas is only a few days away! Take today to rest, and enjoy the small things that this time of year brings. A cup of chamomile tea will help you relax and can have a positive effect on your sleep tonight (if you drink it before bedtime).

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Pure Results challenged me to go outside and get sweaty (even if it’s freezing!)

Layer up, warm up, and head outside for the final cardio workout of our 12 days of Christmas workouts. A 40-minute fast walk or slow jog will suffice. If it’s just too cold outside, that’s okay, do 15 – 20 minutes of skipping indoors will do the trick too.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Pure Results challenged me to twelve workouts in one, just to see how far I’ve come!

 

Perhaps challenging a friend to this workout will make reaching Day 12 even better?

This workout is also a little different from what you’ve come to know, and combines the 12 days into one. This full-body workout is a great way to get moving, and the best part is that it will only take between 30 to 40 minutes to complete!

Warm up: 5-mins jogging/skipping on the spot

25x sit-ups

10x normal squats

20x bicep curls (with weights)

2-mins skipping or jogging on the spot

Rest – 1 minute

2-mins skipping or jogging on the spot

30x crunches

10x lunges (each leg)

20x tricep dips

Rest – 1 minute

3-mins skipping or jogging on the spot

Repeat for as long as you can, for a maximum of 40-minutes.

 

And you’re done! Congratulations for completing our 12 days of Christmas workouts. We wish you a happy festive season and hope that these workouts will inspire you to fill 2019 with all things health and fitness.

 

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