Beat the Holiday Stress with my Weight and Cardio Training Routine

Susan Hoff
December 21, 2023

Manage holiday overwhelm with my favorite stress-melting workout routine.

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Hello! As Christmas approaches, I want to ask you: have you been gearing up for the holiday season? It may seem obvious, but this time of year can be draining for most of us, with many good things such as socializing and having amazing meals sometimes getting in the way of us prioritizing our health and fitness.

Amidst the festive celebrations and delightful feasts, maintaining our fitness becomes crucial to staying energized and enjoying this season to the maximum. Whether you’re looking for a cardio or weight training routine to lose fat, or one to simply stay active without spending a long time working out, this article is for you.

Let’s talk about how a well-structured weight and cardio training routine can help you survive the holiday season.

The Power of Cardio Weight Training

Combining cardiovascular exercises with weight training isn’t just about sculpting muscles; it’s a recipe for boosting energy levels and managing the holiday hustle. This approach offers many benefits that complement different fitness goals: for example, torching fat, but also increasing endurance, and ensuring we're equipped to handle the demands of the festive season. Did you know that cardiovascular exercise is the best way to improve brain performance? 

My Weight and Cardio Training Routine: Try It Out!

Warm-Up (5 minutes): Begin with a quick cardio warm-up - jogging in place, jumping jacks, or cycling on a stationary bike. This primes your body for the intense workout ahead.

Strength Training Intervals (20 minutes): Engage in compound exercises such as squats, lunges, push-ups, and deadlifts. These exercises target multiple muscle groups, focusing on calorie burn and building strength.

Cardiovascular Burst (15 minutes): Transition into high-intensity cardio bursts - sprint intervals, cycling, or jumping rope. These bursts elevate your heart rate, accelerating calorie incineration and giving you a burst of fresh oxygen.

Cool Down and Stretching (10 minutes): Finish your routine with gentle stretches, focusing on the muscles worked. This aids in recovery and flexibility and is crucial after high-intensity workouts.

The Benefits Beyond Fitness

Staying active during the holidays offers many benefits that go beyond physical fitness. It assists in reducing the bloat that often accompanies holiday meals and helps alleviate stress, a common companion during this time of the year. Moreover, it can become a well-deserved me-time moment for those who struggle to keep up with self-care during busy periods. With this weight and cardio training routine, you’ll be able to stay active and perform a full, high-intensity workout in less than an hour.

Pro tip: substitute the 20-minute-strength training part of the workout with more cardiovascular exercises to create a perfect cardio routine to lose weight!

Matching Your Holiday Routine to Your Fitness Goals

Especially for those new to weight training, consider a beginner’s routine focusing on form and gradually increasing weights. Invest in simple strength training exercise equipment like dumbbells or resistance bands. Complement your workout routine with a balanced weight training eating plan, ensuring your body receives adequate nutrition to support muscle growth and recovery.

Join the Holiday Exercise Challenge!

This holiday season, let’s challenge ourselves to prioritize our health. Join me and commit to this cardio-weight training routine at least three times a week. Share your journey on the Oath & Grind Community to stay inspired and inspire others to maintain an active lifestyle throughout the holidays! 

Do you struggle with bloating? Make sure to check out my tips to reduce it.

Traveling for the holidays and don’t know how to stay active? Pack these workout bag essentials.

Stay active and festive!

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