Between meeting final deadlines at work, squeezing in present shopping and all those social commitments, it’s no surprise that our fitness regime gets neglected over Christmas.

As a result, many find themselves putting on weight over the festive season. But there are clever ways you can keep active during the mince pie madness.

Here, we share our top time-saving workout ideas you can squeeze into your day without missing out on the festive fun.

Hit the Shops

Those feet are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do.

If you have a pedometer, wear it while you shop. You’ll be surprised how many steps you rack up in a few hours of Christmas shopping.

You’ll burn even more calories if you buy your heaviest item first and carry it with you throughout your shopping session.

Try a Free Home Workout

Maybe the gym’s closed, maybe your sports club has wound down for the festive season or the weather is terrible.

Try a free home workout, they’re easy to sneak into your everyday routine, even if you have a million things to do!

Take housework to the next level

Make your home shine like a star this Christmas.

Dusting, sweeping, scrubbing, cleaning the windows, mopping, gardening, and vacuuming really work your muscles and can help you towards your fitness goals.

 

Play the postman

 

If you write Christmas cards for friends and relatives who live locally, why not deliver them by hand this year instead of popping them in the post?

It’s also a great way to save on stamps!

Smash it with a HIIT workout

Got 15 minutes to spare? High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is a short burst of intense exercise. I

t’s an efficient calorie burner and easy to squeeze into your routine. Check out these free HIIT training videos from the NHS on YouTube.

 

Park further away

Whether you’re driving to work or into town for a spot of Christmas shopping, try parking further away than usual to boost your step count for the day.

If you get the bus, why not try getting off one stop earlier?

Take to the stairs

Walking up stairs and escalators is an accessible way to seamlessly incorporate movement into your day.

Busy shopping centres may mean you have to park on the top level of the car park.

Take advantage of the opportunity to fit in some easy exercise!

Get ad break active

Enjoy guilt-free Christmas TV marathons by doing squats, star jumps or marching/jogging on the spot during the adverts.