Have yourself a merry little fitmas

Friday 16 December 2016
  • Have yourself a merry little fitmas

He sees you when you’re running, he knows when you lift weights. He knows when you’ve been bad or good, so be good for fitness sake!

When the cookies and ‘nog are calling your name, or the kids are home and you can’t sneak away, burn off that extra serve of honey-glazed ham with exercise in disguise.

Here are our top tips to get a workout in when gym’s not an option!

Get defensive

Quit dribblin’ over the turkey and rebound from the triple-layer chocolate trifle with a friendly game of basketball. An hour of b-ball can burn up to 750 calories, giving you a great aerobic workout while improving your balance and building muscle.

Ace the silly season

Serve up more than a succulent seafood spread and head down to the beach for a post-Christmas lunch game of volleyball. Playing on the sand, an unstable surface, will force your powerhouse muscles to switch on, meaning you’ll be huffing and puffing before Uncle Ted wakes up from his afternoon nap.

Dessert bowl

Once the Pavlova’s been cut, grab your bat for another Aussie Christmas classic – backyard cricket! Short sprints between the wickets are sure to get the heart racing, making it a great game for cardiovascular health.

Above all, don’t forget to relax during the holidays. Need some Christmas lunch-spiration? Check out our top tips to switch up your healthy food game!

Happy holidays - may your workouts be merry and bright! 

Ashley Hanger

Ashley is UQ Sport’s Content Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Partial to food of the deep fried variety, Ashley is a self-confessed social media addict with a knack for words. You’ll often find her with a cup of tea in hand, still in shock she made it through a HIIT class alive.