I absolutely love this time of year. While I reserve "the most wonderful time of year" title for March Madness, this is definitely a close second. Regardless of the holidays you celebrate, we're all in the season of festive everything.

So, why not a "festive" workout too?

Here's my fitness-based version of "The 12 Days Of Christmas" for a fun, festive, building workout. Some of these will not equate to an entire workout, but they'll give you a little movement to throw into your hectic holiday madness every day. I even have videos to demonstrate the workouts!

1. On the first day of Sweatmas, #SweatADay gave to me a set of 10 burpees!

From standing, place your hands on the ground, step or hop back to plank or pushup, step or hop forward, and jump up to finish the move. Repeat 10 times.

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2. On the second day of Sweatmas, #SweatADay gave to me two hurdle jumps and a set of 10 burpees.

Hurdle Jumps: Use anything you have that you can safely jump over (if nothing available, just pretend to hop over something). Stand to the side and jump both feet over at the same time. Jump back. That is one set. Complete two sets.


3. On the third day of Sweatmas, #SweatADay gave to me three bench hops, two hurdle jumps and and a set of 10 burpees!

Bench hops: With your hands on a bench or step, press into the hands to hop both feet over and hop back for one set. Complete three sets.


4. On the fourth day of Sweatmas, #SweatADay gave to me four crawling bears, three bench hops, two hurdle jumps and and a set of 10 burpees!

Bear Crawls: Pick a starting point and ending point. Drop to hands and knees. Lift knees off the ground and crawl forward and back for one set. Do four sets.


5. On the fifth day of Sweatmas, #SweatADay gave to me five up-down plans, four crawling bears, three bench hops, two hurdle jumps and and a set of 10 burpees!

Up-down Planks: Start in the top of a pushup position. Shoulders stack over elbows and elbows over wrists. If you need to drop to your knees, that's always an option. Lower right elbow down and then left to end up on both forearms. Walk one hand back on the ground and then the other. Then walk back up to the top of your plank for one set. Repeat for a total of five sets


6. On the sixth day of Sweatmas, #SweatADay gave to me six knees a running, five up-down plans, four crawling bears, three bench hops, two hurdle jumps and and a set of 10 burpees!

High Knee Running: Run in place lifting the knees high up. Move the arms with you, pulling elbows back behind you.


7. On the seventh day of Sweatmas, #SweatADay gave to me seven squats a sitting, six knees a running, five up-down plans, four crawling bears, three bench hops, two hurdle jumps and and a set of 10 burpees!

Squats: Start standing. Bend your knees and stick your booty out behind you to come down into a squat position. Repeat seven times.


8. On the eighth day of Sweatmas, #SweatADay gave to me eight legs a lowering, seven squats a sitting, six knees a running, five up-down plans, four crawling bears, three bench hops, two hurdle jumps and and a set of 10 burpees!

Leg lowers: Start laying on your back with hands behind your ears or tucked under your butt for extra support. Lift the legs to the ceiling (or sky). Squeeze the inner thighs. Keeping the legs straight, lower and repeat.


9. On the ninth day of Sweatmas, #SweatADay gave to me nine lunges switching, eight legs a lowering, seven squats a sitting, six knees a running, five up-down plans, four crawling bears, three bench hops, two hurdle jumps and and a set of 10 burpees!

Lunge Switch: Start with one leg forward, other leg behind you in a lunge position. Start with the front knee stacked on the ankle. Hop to switch your legs. Hop and switch again. That is one set. Total of nine sets.


10. On the tenth day of Sweatmas, #SweatADay gave to me ten frogs a leaping, nine lunges switching, eight legs a lowering, seven squats a sitting, six knees a running, five up-down plans, four crawling bears, three bench hops, two hurdle jumps and and a set of 10 burpees!

Frog Jumps: From a low squat position, leap/hop forward and land in a low squat. Then leap/hop backwards, landing in a low squat. This is one set. Repeat 10 times.


11. On the eleventh day of Sweatmas, #SweatADay gave to me eleven plank wipers wiping, ten frogs a leaping, nine lunges switching, eight legs a lowering, seven squats a sitting, six knees a running, five up-down plans, four crawling bears, three bench hops, two hurdle jumps and and a set of 10 burpees!

Plank wipers: From a basic plank position, stack shoulders, elbows, wrists. Press heals behind you. If it's too much, try it with forearms down. Take right leg straight out to the right side. Hop it back in and take the left foot out to the left side. Continue back and forth 11 times total.


12. On the twelfth day of Sweatmas, #SweatADay gave to me twelve jacks a jumping, eleven plank wipers wiping, ten frogs a leaping, nine lunges switching, eight legs a lowering, seven squats a sitting, six knees a running, five up-down plans, four crawling bears, three bench hops, two hurdle jumps and and a set of 10 burpees!

Jumping Jacks: Nothing special here. 12 total jumping jacks.


If you want to join the #SweatADay challenge or follow along for other daily exercise/pose ideas, head over to Instagram and find me!

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