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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!


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.


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.


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!

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