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Whether it's the holiday season or winter just feels like it's taking forever, you could use a little cheer. Exercise is proven to improve your mood and help you feel happier! Check out these 12 days of quick winter workouts for basic exercises you can use to make the next two weeks a little brighter.

Quick winter workout 1

Day 1: Merry and Light

This equipment-free, full-body workout is a quick one you can do anywhere. It features functional fitness moves to equip you for everyday life. 

Warm-Up: 20 seconds each of jumping jacks and jogging in place. Repeat twice.

Lower body: 3 sets

  • 10 lunges
  • 10 jump squats

Upper body: 3 sets 

  • 10 pushups 
  • 10 tricep dips

Core: 2 sets

  • 10 glute bridges
  • 20-second plank with toe taps
  • 10 mountain climbers

Day 2: Winter Bun-derland

Lift your buns and improve your lower body strength with these moves. You'll need some weights and stable surfaces, so this may be easiest to complete at the gym.

2 sets:

  • 10 pistol squats per leg
  • 10 eagles squats per leg
  • 10 barbell squats

2 sets:

  • 10 deadlifts
  • 10 weighted hip thrusts
  • 10 donkey kicks

Day 3: Frosty the Strongman

Build core control so you can be stronger overall! Use these gym moves:

2 sets:

  • 10 reverse crunches
  • 10 cable crunches per side
  • 10 weighted Russian twists

2 sets:

  • 10 barbell side bends per side
  • 10 woodchop crunches per side
  • 10 seated weight plate twists per side

Day 4: Jingle (Dumb)bells

Boost your upper body strength with these moves. All you'll need are dumbbells.

4 sets:

  • 10 dumbbell chest presses
  • 10 one-arm dumbbell rows per side
  • 10 dumbbell shoulder shrugs

Quick winter workout

Day 5: Rocking Around the Christmas Cardio

Work out your heart and lungs to boost energy and build endurance. (You'll burn calories, too).

Choose 2 and complete at a moderate pace:

  • 20-minute walk
  • 10-minute jog
  • 10-minute elliptical
  • 10-minute cycling
  • 5-minute stair climbing
  • 1 minute of jumping jacks (5 sets)

Day 6: We Need a Little Stretching

Help your muscles relax. Take 15 minutes to stretch. Just make sure your arms, legs, and core all get a turn. 

Day 7: Rudolph the Red-Faced Reindeer

Use this high-intensity interval training routine to get red-faced and sweaty in just 10 minutes. This is an equipment-free, full-body workout. Complete the circuit twice in a row, with as few breaks as possible.

  • 30-second jumping jacks
  • 30-second planks with toe taps
  • 1 minute of squat jumps
  • 30-second mountain climbers
  • 30-second crunches
  • 1 minute of butt-kickers
  • 15-second left side pushups
  • 15-second right side pushups
  • 30-second alternating leg lunges

Day 8: Buns-a-Blitzen

Tighten that tush with these moves for your glutes. The only equipment you'll need is a resistance band. Repeat twice. 

  • 25 lateral band walks in each direction
  • 10 curtsy lunges with band per side
  • 20 squats with pulses
  • 10 glute bridges held for 10 seconds each
  • 15 bridges with single leg raise per side

Day 9: Santa's Core is Coming to Town

Focus on core strength by repeating this routine:

2 sets:

  • 10 reverse crunches
  • 10 cable crunches per side
  • 10 weighted Russian twists

2 sets:

  • 10 barbell side bends per side
  • 10 woodchop crunches per side
  • 10 seated weight plate twists per side

Day 10: Silver (Kettle) Bells

Target your upper body muscles with these kettlebell moves. (Plus you'll also work your core and legs).

4 sets:

  • 10 kettlebell hip halos
  • 10 goblet squats
  • 10 sumo squats

Day 11: Deck the Heart-Halls

Get your cardio in!

Choose 2 and complete at a moderate pace:

  • 20-minute walk
  • 10-minute jog
  • 10-minute elliptical
  • 10-minute cycling
  • 5-minute stair climbing
  • 1 minute of jumping jacks (5 sets)

Day 12: Let it Grow, Let it Grow, Let it Grow

Take time today to stretch for 15 minutes. Basic yoga poses are a great place to start. 

Now that you've done 12 days of workouts, why not try a month? Use our FREE New You in 28 Days Guide to lay a solid foundation for your transformation! 

I'M READY TO BECOME A NEW ME!

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