Merry Fitmas!

There are plenty of people out there that will offer tips on how to stay fit during the holidays, but this is not that kind of post. This post is all bringing a little merry to your workouts. Because if you are like me, you don’t want to waste a second of the next few weeks not listening to Christmas carols and watching The Grinch…but you also don’t want to become a total workout Scrooge.

My Pandora station has been set on Mariah Carey (Holiday) and Louis Armstrong (Holiday) for a solid month now (hands down, those are the two best Christmas music stations). While I love pretty much every Christmas song, not all of them are necessarily workout appropriate. Lucky for you, I found the most bumpin’ songs to get your blood run, run, Rudolphing:

Christmas playlist workout

If you are not from Miami you are probably thinking, WTF is Burrito Sabanero? Lemmetellyou, it is a Spanish Christmas song that is played on the local stations all season long and I don’t consider it to truly be Christmas until I hear it (now that I don’t live in a city that is 99% Hispanic, I play it on my iTunes on December 1st every year). My 3rd grade level understanding of Spanish has determined that the song is about a boy and his donkey (burrito) going to Bethlehem. It’s so damn cute though that it really doesn’t matter what it’s about. Trust me.

Not sure what workout to do while listening to your new playlist? How about the 12 Workouts of Christmas:

12 days of christmas workout

I dare you to not sing “Fiiiiiiiiive Jumping Jacks” every time. It might not look like much but repetitions will getcha’!

Other Christmas-y workouts?

  • Do a Christmas Fartlek and sprint from lighted house to lighted house.
  • Pick a Christmas word (ie Santa, reindeer, presents, etc) and a workout (ie burpees, jumping jacks, etc) and then watch a Christmas movie and do 10 of the workouts you chose every time you hear the word you chose (ie hearing the word sleigh means you do 10 pushups). Wanna get Christmas crazy? Choose two-three words/workouts. FYI choosing the word Santa with the workout burpees while watching the Santa Clause will guarantee a very sore elf
  • Instead of an tacky sweater party, host a Christmas light run/walk/bike around a festive neighborhood
  • Help a neighbor hang lights/decorate. Workout+good deed? Yuletide win.
  • Go ice skating on date night instead of a movie

Anyone else like themed workouts?

Favorite upbeat Christmas song?

LOVE Merry Christmas Baby by Otis Redding and Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney




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12 Responses to Merry Fitmas!

  1. Totally going to try that workout!
    The best Christmas song has to be Step into Christmas by Elton John or A Spaceman Came Travelling by Chris DeBurgh.
    I just love how much Christmas songs can make you smile :-)

  2. Great holiday play list. Fun idea!

  3. This post makes me incredibly happy. I can’t wait to do that workout!

  4. I love the idea of themed work outs. I’m all christmas music on spotify and christmas movies every night through December, so these themed workouts will really help!

  5. alicia says:

    My favorite Christmas song is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”. Also, I am in LOVE with Kelly Clarkson’s new Christmas album.

  6. Carson says:

    I have seen a lot of tacky Christmas sweater races coming up that are great themed workouts!

    My fave upbeat Christmas song is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”

  7. As someone who is not a big fan of Christmas I love the idea of 12 days of fitness. I think I might actually have to try that workout. I’ve been looking for some kind of Christmas night run. I think that would be a lot of fun to look at all the pretty lights.

  8. Chelsea says:

    I’m not really a Christmas song person….but I love these workouts!! They would definitely make it fun, and I might have to go watch a Christmas movie so I can try this out!

  9. Loving the looks of that I wanna wish you a merry workout! Thanks for sharing :).

  10. I LOVE the workout ideas!! I have had Mariah Carey holiday on pandora for about a month too! I will have to check out Louis Armstrong

  11. Aw these are such cute ideas. I just turned on the Christmas music and it’s already gotten me in the spirit more!

  12. Christmas in Hollis!! I used to listen to that all the time as a kid. :)

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