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XMAS EXCESS

While occasional over-indulgence is to be expected – celebrated even – the festive season need not sabotage your fitness routine, as Rob Kemp writes

IN FOCUS HEALTHY HOLIDAYS

1 WORKOUT WONDERLAND

“Take your training up a notch over Christmas and get into fighting-fit condition by mixing up some cardio when you can grab time away from work,” suggests Sol Gilbert, health expert at Tanita and director at Underground Gym (underground-gym.com).

“Find a piece of cardio equipment, grab yourself a set of dumbbells, a slam ball and smash out this 20-minute workout.”

Warm-up

◼ Start off by stretching all major muscle groups.

◼ Then begin to mobilise your body with a gentle warm-up: perhaps a 5-min jog on the treadmill at a steady pace.

Main event

Set your timer to 20 mins and see how many rounds of the below circuit you can complete:

◼ 60 secs of high-knee sprinting as fast as you can

◼ 15 x ball slams

◼ 10 x dumbbell thrusters

◼ 5 x burpees

◼ 30 secs rest

2 BOXING DAYS

“Exercise is scientifically proven to reduce stress, and my favourite stress-busting workout is boxing,” says Marc McLaren, PureGym strength and conditioning trainer. “You could get yourself in front of a heavy bag, set the timer for two-minute intervals and then release that tension. As it’s the Christmas period, keep everything time-specific. Get to the gym with the intention of getting in and out.”

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