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How to HIIT Your Health Goals During the Holidays

December 21, 2017

In the midst of the holiday season, it’s easy to fall prey to all of the festivities while losing track of the fitness you’ve worked so hard for all year. Maybe you gave up on your New Years’ resolution a long time ago, cancelled your gym membership, or continually tell yourself that you will start again next year, as you eat one too many Christmas desserts.  

No matter what situation you are in, the holiday season does not have to be the end of your fitness. Instead of waiting until January to start reaching your goals, why not start now with a fat-burning workout that is fast enough to squeeze into your crazy holiday schedule? You will end up closer to your goals before January sneaks up on you, and it will help you burn off some of that seasonal stress!

What is HIIT?

HIIT, otherwise known as high intensity interval training, will help you get a fat-burning workout in less than 30 minutes! It is modifiable and can be completed with or without equipment or a gym membership. It will also help you burn more calories after your workout while you’re busy baking Christmas cookies! Nope, it’s not too good to be true!

Why is HIIT training so effective?

According to ACSM guidelines, HIIT training involves working close to your max heart rate for short periods of time, followed by short periods of rest. Research shows that it is the most effective type of exercise to burn fat while also improving heart health, cholesterol, and overall fitness.   

Bodyweight Sample Workout

First thing in the morning, at the end of the day, or even while dinner is cooking, give this sample workout a try! Perform each exercise for 45 seconds with 15 seconds of rest in-between each set. Try the whole workout 3-5 times, or for an even bigger challenge, add some weights or do as many sets as you can.  After your workout, you can enjoy the holidays guilt-free!

  1. Squats


  1. Push-ups

  1. Reverse lunges


  1. Mountain climbers


  1. Plank


About the Author

Jenna Thomas is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Physical Therapy Technician who aspires to complete her education to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Jenna graduated from North Greenville University with a degree in Health Science.  In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her nephew, staying active, and swing dancing.

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