The Secret to Staying Fit During the Holiday Season

Dec 1 2016
By | 2 min read

It’s that time of year again. Yes, the holidays are here and I want you to enjoy the fun-filled season as much as possible. I also want to ensure you’re equipped with efficient workouts that you can squeeze in between holiday parties, shopping and family visits. I have a secret that allows me to stay in shape during all the chaos. Bodyweight training! It is the perfect solution for staying fit during the bustling holiday season, here’s why:

You Can Workout ANYWHERE

Even in the line at Macy’s! Ok, maybe not. When we are too busy and do not have access to a gym, it becomes way too easy to make excuses. But everyone has at least 10-15 minutes to spare per day. That may not be enough time for a full blown cardio and weight training workout, let alone enough time to drive to and from a gym. However, it is a sufficient amount of time to do a bodyweight workout. Fitness isn’t ‘all or nothing’ during the holidays, it’s “every little bit counts.”

You can bust through a plateau

While most people believe this time of year is a threat to their fitness goals, it’s actually an opportunity. Use the extra food and minimal time to bust through a plateau. With bodyweight training, you can manipulate the exercises, intensity and set/rep schemes in ways that challenge your muscles. If you’re used to lifting or standard forms of cardio, bodyweight exercises will shake things up, helping you reach new heights.

Now that we all agree bodyweight workouts are a must for holiday season fitness: let’s get to it. Select seven exercises from the list below, and perform each for 30 seconds with no rest until you’ve completed the circuit. That is round one. Rest briefly (up to 1 minute). Then repeat circuit for a total of 3-5 rounds.


  • Bodyweight sit through
  • Alternating lunge jumps
  • Plank holds with shoulder taps
  • Plank up/downs
  • Inch worm walkouts
  • Tuck jumps
  • Frog hops
  • Side to side hops
  • Jump squats with 180 degree rotation
  • Spiderman push-ups
  • Handstand push-ups
  • Skater lunges
  • Push-up to side plank rotation
  • High knees
  • High knee skips
  • Bear crawls
  • Reverse bear crawls
  • Squats
  • Crunches
  • Plank jacks
  • Walking lunges
  • Lunges
  • Side lunges

 No excuses! Work for those holiday meals.

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ABOUT Jen Jewell

Jen Jewell

The ‘women with muscle’ trend is nothing new to Jen Jewell, a fitness cover model and creator of KISS Fitness programs. Jen has been a long time proponent of using strength training to transform the body. No doubt about it, Jen Jewell makes strong look sexy. As a full-time jet setter working with others worldwide on their fitness through workshops and programs, Jen also brings a practical and out-of-the-box approach to her training by prioritizing fun, adventure and versatility.