12 Days of Fitness Challenge: A Total Body Workout

Treat yourself to 12 days of health and wellness.

On the 12th day of Christmas, I worked on my bo-dy! Cheesy, but hey, it had to rhyme. Every year, you make the conscious effort to treat everyone you know to at least one special gift. And, every year you most likely never get yourself anything. This is the perfect time to take yourself (or your health, rather) off the back-burner! The best gift that you can give yourself, won’t cost you a dime! Even though this 12 Days of Fitness Challenge should count as one gift—, it’s actually 12 separate gifts to celebrate and energize you throughout the last days of holiday madness!

12 Days of Fitness Challenge: A Total Body Workout

Get your pre-holiday body back with this challenge!

The holiday season brings perspective, allowing us to spend time with loved ones, share love through gift-giving, and enjoy meals we’ve dreamed about all year -long. It’s usually about everyone except for you, because the theme is giving, but you shouldn’t leave yourself out when taking care of your loved ones. So, along with scrambling to find the perfect gifts, long workdays, and long lines, make some healthy time for yourself.

This holiday workout challenge is a fun mix of daily workouts to keep your spirits high and help you avoid feeling drained from the sometimes-exhausting holiday season. This is the time of year to indulge a little and eat what you want. Sticking to a workout routine will allow you to give in to those holiday cravings without tacking on a bunch of extra weight!

The Perfect Combination of Total Body Exercises

Below, you’ll find the 12 days of fitness challenge. It isn’t realistic to have every day be a total body workout, so the workouts are a bit spread out and diverse. This gives each muscle group some rest before being blasted with another workout.

Most workouts target multiple muscle groups, but there are also a few single body routines. This is just another way to give your muscles more rest, so you can keep pushing through the total body workout challenge.

All of the workouts involved are under 30 minutes. This gives you plenty of time to still be part of the craze of the holiday season without having to spend hours training. All of the routines are HIIT, also. This gives you fast work, minimal rest, and huge results.

For this challenge, you’ll need a yoga mat, a range of light to heavy weights (5-20 lbs), a chair, and an interval timer.

The First 7 Days of the Holiday Challenge

. It isn't realistic to have every day be a total body workout, so the workouts in this challenge are a bit spread out and diverse.

Time is short on these days, so try any of these 12 Fast and Fresh Dinner Recipes with 10 ingredients or Fewer for your busy life.

Day 1: 10-Minute Tabata Workout for Butt and Abs
Day 2: 30-Minute Melt Off the Weight Cardio Workout
Day 3: All-In-One Total Body Workout
Day 4: 10-Minute Tabata Workout for Lower Body
Day 5: 10-Minute Tabata Workout for Abs
Day 6: Tabata Tricep Workout
Day 7: 20-Minute Total Body Tabata Workout

There’s Still 5 More Days of Gifts

Workout your legs and burn off that holiday cellulite in this challenge

The last days of the holiday season can also be the most stressful. Try these 12 Techniques to Relax and De-Stress At Home.

Day 8: 10-Minute Tabata Workout for Arms & Abs
Day 9: Killer Legs and Butt Workout
Day 10: H.I.I.T. Your Chest Workout
Day 11: 20-Minute Back and Shoulders HIIT Workout
Day 12: All-In-One Total Body Workout

That’s it! You’ve completed the 12 Days of Fitness Challenge! Now go rest until after New Year’s because we have a New Year, New “You” Flat Belly Plan that gets your pre-holiday waist back and better!

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Trainer Clifford

Clifford is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a lover of all things health, fitness, personal development, and community. When he's not cycling, hiking, or exploring new food recipes, he works to help others achieve personal growth.

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