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Christmas Movie Workout

Becca Capell

READ TIME:2 min.

‘Tis the season for bundling up, decorating the Christmas tree, and watching those good old holiday flicks. And whether or not you’re a couch potato, most people end up watching hours of Christmas movies each year.

We really do spend an extensive amount of time in front of the TV, and it can literally widen your waistband by the hour. A Harvard study on women found that for every two hours of television watching, the risk of obesity increased by 23 percent! I’m not saying watching TV is out of the question, just make sure you’re moving periodically and watching in moderation.

Whether you’re a Christmas movie buff or simply entertaining the kids, squeeze in a fun workout while watching these famous holiday classics:

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version)
Max, the dog—25 jumping jacks
“Cheermeister”—5 lunge push-offs*
‘You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch’—reverse crunches length of song
Anthony Hopkins narrates—10 squats
Cindy Lou Who sings—60 second plank
The Grinch pulls a prank—12 cherry pickers
Someone uses the garbage shoot—10 burpees
Flashback scene—15 glute bridge raises
Grinch’s heart—12 tricep dips

Elf
Buddy eats gum—10 lunges lifts*
Famous NYC landmark—10 fire hydrants*
“Candy Cane Forest”—15 air squats
“The best way to spread holiday cheer, is singing loud for all to hear”—10 burpees
Snowball fight—1 minute wall sit
Buddy crafts—15 tricep dips
Buddy uses maple syrup—20 plank jacks
Each cotton ball buddy eats—5 air squats
“He’s an angry elf”—20 bird dogs
Jovie sings—bicycle crunches for duration of song

Home Alone
Kevin’s scary neighbor—20 heel taps
“Wet Bandits”—15 ice skaters*
A Christmas song plays in the background—10 burpees
Kevin lipsyncs a movie or song—20 high knees*
“Kevin!”—15 donkey kicks*
The wet bandits’ van drives by—30 seconds flutter kicks
Harry and Marv get injured—10 reverse lunges*
Kevin’s booby traps—8 push-ups per trap
Kevin runs away from something—1 minute plank
The basement furnace—15 squats with pulse

A Christmas Story
“You’ll shoot your eye out!”—10 squat jumps
Randy won’t eat his food—15 grasshoppers
The Little Orphan Annie Show—20 heel taps
Ralphie cries—15 lunge hops
Scut Farkus bullies someone—10 pendulums
The Bumpuses’ hounds—20 narrow push-ups
“Red Ryder BB Gun”—30 calf raises; 15 inside, 15 outside
Ralphie daydreams—8 burpees
Soap in Ralphie’s mouth—12 frog mountain climbers

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Uncle Eddy does something inappropriate—10 jump lunges
Ellen calls Clark “Sparky”—30 seconds mountain climbers
“Griswold family Christmas”—10 up downs
Countdown on the advent calendar—10 push-ups
Aunt Bethany gets confused—10 lateral lunges
Clark hurts himself—12 bicycle crunches
Todd & Margo scene—15 clamshell taps
Snotts, the dog—5 flip flops

*Number of reps per side.

With these workouts and the New Year just around the corner, you’ll be ready to start out 2016 strong. You can do it!

Kayleigh Jardine
iFit Trainer

WARNING: This post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. iFit assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.

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