Ah, the holidays are great for spending time with family, wearing ugly sweaters, and shoving enough shrimp cocktail, turkey, ham, cheese, fruitcake, cookies, Australian wagyu beef and more into our pie holes to make Homer Simpson blush. It’s the holidays! We can eat as much as we want! ‘Tis the season for eating guilt-free. Or is it?
I wouldn’t dare suggest that you or I should maybe put that 6th cookie back on the plate but maybe, just maybe, these 5 creative holiday workouts can help us to sneak in a few extra ways to burn off some of the excess calories we will be ingesting over this holiday season.
TOP FIVE CREATIVE HOLIDAY WORKOUTS
#1 The Sneaky “Family Time” Workout
The only thing worse than refusing a second helping of Grandma’s cornbread pudding is refusing a second helping of Grandma’s cornbread pudding and then telling everyone that you are “off to workout”. The dirty looks that you will get from your not so dedicated family members that are still busy shoveling in seconds and thirds can be amusing but a difficulty that you should avoid if at all possible. Rather than ditching the family to go workout, instead suggest a game of football, soccer, or basketball with the whole family. Be sure to give any family member not up for some “good ‘ol fashioned family time outdoors” your best look of disappointment.
#2 The “Challenge” Workout
Choosing a goal of some kind that requires physical activity to accomplish is a great way to not only have some fun working out but also to give yourself some added motivation. Choose a fitness challenge and then see where you stack up!
#3 The “I Want to Look Like Them” Workout
If you are a guy that was dragged by your significant other to watch the newest Twilight movie (or maybe you wanted to go but hey, whatever – we aren’t judging you here… really…) then you can at least appreciate the hard work that went into leading boy/man Taylor Lautner’s gaining an extra 30 pounds of muscle for his role.
While your motivation to have otherworldly 6 pack abs like Mr Lautner is riding high, start following the Taylor Lautner workout routine. If it doesn’t interfere with your runs to the store for more hot chocolate to dunk your cookies into that is. Of course.
As an added benefit, Mr Lautner’s diet plan is actually perfect for the holidays. He comments, “[I was] doubling the amount of calorie intake I had before, which was just really tough, eating every two hours,” he explained. “It was the hardest part for sure.” Oh yeah!! “Honey, bring out the third round of dessert. Hurry, it’s almost been 2 hours!”…
#4 The “Punish Yourself” Workout
Sometimes you just need to really pay some penance for your holiday eating habits. When you have been naughty rather than nice at the holiday dinner table then you need a workout like the 300 workout or the Navy Seal workout to atone for your calorie misdeeds.
#5 The “Video Game” Workout
OK, we are really scraping the bottom of the barrel here but for those of us lazy, ahem, I mean “ultra-relaxed” folks who just can’t get out from in front of a TV screen for more than a few minutes then this is the workout for you. Break out the Wii or the Kinect and just start moving around. Seriously, your family is worried about your health. Just get off the couch, grab the controller, and start moving your body parts around. No really, we are talking to you. Wait, how did you just bowl a strike without even getting up from the recliner… Oh well…
Author Bio: Joel Ohman is a serial entrepreneur, a Yakezie member and sponsor, and a previous contributor on Financial Samurai with an article on domain name investing. His latest project is a cool workout tracking website with 1,000’s of exercise videos, 100’s of workout plans, and a workout tracker with points, badges, leaderboards, and all kinds of stuff to make working out actually… dare we say it… fun!
Joel even started a Financial Samurai fitness group which I’ve got to figure out.
Photo: Me in the subway. Just kidding.