At-home Christmas circuits.
This festive season, we’re revisiting a Christmas Circuits routine that Charlie and Natalie created in December 2019!
We like Christmas as a time to relax, reflect and catch up with family and friends – movement is important though and there is often time to go out for a walk or fit in an at-home training session.
If you can find a little bit of time in between Christmas and New year then why not try some festive themed exercises (Christmas music or New Year hits optional) to help you keep moving into the new year.
“Candy” Cross lunges.
- Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
- Move your body weight onto your left leg and cross your right foot behind your left leg keeping your hips facing forward.
- Bend both knees and then lower yourself toward the floor into a lunge. Make sure you keep your back straight and chest lifted to keep your weight in the front leg.
- Step back to the starting position and repeat on the other side. Complete this exercise for 1 minute on each leg.
If you don’t have weights at home, try using shopping bags or water bottles.
“Holiday” High knees.
Begin running on the spot, you then want to bring your knees up to as high as you can get them, ideally to hip height. Complete this exercise for a minimum of 30 seconds.
“Rudolph” Russian twists.
- Sitting on the floor, elevate your upper body so that it creates a “V” shape, keeping your legs off of the floor.
- Hold your arms out straight, with your hands clasped together.
- Twist your torso to one side until your arms become parallel with the floor, then move to the other side. Complete this exercise for a minimum of 30 seconds.
“Mince pie” Mountain climbers.
- In a press up position, hold yourself up, keeping your arms straight.
- Then, alternate bringing each leg up to your chest and back down again.
- Complete this exercise for a minimum of 30 seconds. You can go as fast or slow as you like, just make sure that you bring your leg up as far as you can towards your chest, engaging the core.
“Snowman” Superman plank .
With your elbows at 90 degrees parallel to the floor, push your body up into the “plank” position. You want to make sure that your hips and back stay straight and that you don’t drop the height. Try and hold this exercise for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Don’t feel like you must do this on your own – get friends and family involved too and read our blog on movement over the festive season for more inspiration! See you in the new year. #moveforward