5 tips for making holiday fitness fun

With so many fun and exciting activities to participate in over the holidays, it’s no wonder that fitness often takes a back seat to concerts, parties, shopping and dinners out.

While I’m a firm believer in “less is more” at Christmas time, I also know that abandoning my fitness routine until the new year will definitely turn me into fitknitGRINCH.

Why not give those fun holiday activities a little friendly competition for your time? Make fitness fun!

5 tips for making holiday fitness fun

  • add a holiday theme to your regular workout. Once a year, I treat my step class to holiday-themed choreography. It’s always fun to see the looks on their faces when they finally figure out what I’m up to. If you’re a step aerobics instructor, feel free to borrow the pattern below. Make sure not to tell your participants what’s up and let me know how far into the pattern you got before the ‘lights came on’ in your class!


  • create a seasonal playlist. Music can make or break a workout. Sometimes a new playlist is exactly the motivation I need to get myself to the gym. How about a seasonal playlist? I love the songs on this one!
  • participate in a holiday-themed fitness event. Every year, on January the 1st, my community hosts a Penguin Plunge; a quick, or not so quick, dip into the waters of the inlet to celebrate the start of the new year. If you don’t live seaside, look for a Jingle Bell Jog or Reindeer Run in your community.
  • take friends and family to the gym. When family and friends come to visit, it’s often difficult to justify leaving them home alone while you head to the gym. Why not take them with you? It’s just as easy to get caught up on adjacent ellipticals as it is plunked on the couch in front of the fire. And personally, I find cardio time to go by much more quickly when I’m distracted by good conversation!
  • dress in festive fit gear. Most of you probably already know that dressing for fitness is always a good motivator. Treat yourself to a new workout top in red, green or sparkly silver (the perfect colour to go straight from the gym to a dress up event; don’t forget to slap on a little deodorant first…).

And if all else fails,

Wishing you and yours a healthy holiday and a fitness-filled new year!





  1. Love the holiday themed workout!
    My favorite is your last banner – eat, drink and be merry then see me!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!
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  2. Ok, forgive my inner gay man for showing up again, but this is pretty cute. Like it! Thank you from the bottom of my little Jewish heart for not including a Hanukkah workout. Can only imagine…

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  3. I break out the Christmas Cardio CD once a year, and we have fun with it. I don’t think I’d like to dress up, though. But I have in the past. I went as a gift!! Colorful leggings and ribbons everywhere. It was uncomfy, but worth the laugh.
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  4. Love it & that workout – took me a few seconds to get it – I am a bit slow! 😉 CUTE!!!

    I am such a grinch without my workouts so I am glad I have a 24 hour gym & then I just have to work around the couple closed days at the holidays…. 🙂 I work out so hard that forcing me to take a day here or there is good even if I don’t want to.. 🙂

    Great tips although don’t try to talk to me during my intervals & HIIT & don’t feel bad when I talk but not look at you cause I will fall off if I do that! 😉
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  5. ahhh I recall the years I dragged the fam to the gym, too.
    I still have PTSD 🙂
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  6. I could never imagine you turning into a fitknitGrinch! Great tips – I love having theme playlists to keep things fresh for this season. Happy holidays!

  7. (((refresh refresh refresh)))
    I miss your voice 🙂
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  8. TRX hamstring curls, hip presses, hip abductions. Love these!!!

  9. Oops posted in the wrong place, lol!