It’s the day after Christmas. The presents have been unwrapped, the stockings have been unstuffed, and after a month of merriment, you’re craving a quick sweat. Finding the time to work out can be hard enough during the other 51 weeks of the year – but considering the fact that these next seven days are usually spent far from our normal routines, it can seem especially hard to fit in fitness during the week between Christmas and New Years. Never fear: Team TCM is here!
Whether you had a few too many sweets, sipped on a touch too many treats, or are staying away from home throughout the next few days, here are our favorite fast workout routines so you can get in a sweat wherever you are, whenever you can, without sacrificing moments with family, friends…or your oh-so-comfy bed.
If you drank too much:
That second or third helping of mulled wine might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but this morning your head is pounding and your body is feeling sluggish. Try our liver detox tips, then opt for this five minute detoxifying yoga flow by Yogaworks, filled with twists and turns to wring out the bad stuff.
If you're staying at a hotel:
No gym? No problem. Use what you’ve got in your hotel room to DIY a workout that will get your heart pumping – using your own suitcase as a makeshift dumbbell!
If you're feeling overwhelmed:
We love the holidays just as much as the next person, but we can’t help but feel the slightest bit overwhelmed – especially the week of Christmas. If you’re feeling like your head is about to fly off into the sky with Santa and his reindeer, roll out your mat for our grounding yoga flow.
If you want to stay in bed all day:
You’ve got the day off work and want to stay in bed all day. We 100% support you in that decision. In fact, we’ll go so far as to suggest this bed-bound workout by former TCM Guest Editor Tara Stiles that you can almost do in your sleep – literally.
If you only have 15 minutes:
Have access to a gym but only a few minutes to spare? Try one of these 15 minute treadmill routines for a killer cardio workout you can do while the rest of the household is out running errands.
If you're spending the day with family:
Get your family in on the action! Partner up with your mom, dad, sister, or a favorite cousin and fit in this power Pilates sequence for two. Fit in a few laughs to burn extra calories – which shouldn’t be too hard!
If you had one too many sugar cookies:
While no workout is a quick physical fix (sorry!), it sure does make us feel a whole lot more confident in record time! If you indulged in one too many gingerbread men, try this quick 10-minute abs workout by Blogilates and start feeling fab in no time – which is what will get you to your goals in the long run.
If you're already thinking about your NYE dress:
Going sleeveless next week? Flaunt what you’ve got! Fit in this quick upper body workout that Blake Lively and Liev Schreiber’s trainer swears by to get his clients red-carpet ready.
If You're Feeling The Post-holiday blues:
We’re sad to see the holidays go, too. If the end of the season is getting you down, try this happiness-inducing yoga routine by former TCM Guest Editor Mandy Ingber and POPSUGAR to get you smiling.
If you don't want to wake the whole house:
Not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse…but hey, a gal’s gotta get her workout in! To fit in your exercise without making a sound, try this super-quiet routine by Fitness Blender that won’t wake up the entire household. Early birds, rejoice!