What many feel is the best time of the year has arrived… It’s time to gather with family and friends, give to those around us, and enjoy plenty of special meals and traditions. And luckily, with a little bit of planning, our fitness goals don’t have to be left behind. Let’s move through this holiday season with our health held high — without missing an ounce of fun along the way.
The 12 Days of Christmas Workout Challenge
When motivation runs low, challenges are an excellent place to turn. This set of 12 full-body HIIT workouts is sure to have you feeling the burn, no matter how you spend the rest of your day. It’s filled with festive pieces, too, adding even more fun to your holiday season.
The twelfth and final set looks like this:
- 12 squats
- 11 calf raises
- 10 lunges
- 9 supermans
- 8 crunches
- 7 leg lifts
- 6 mountain climbers
- 5 tricep dips
- 3 push-ups
- 2 hip lifts
- And one, 20-second plank
Can you hear the Christmas tune in your head already? View the entire exercise plan by clicking here.
Healthier Christmas Treats to Eat
Food is a part of the holidays, but healthier choices can be fun to add in. The following recipes are tasty and worth a try, whether or not they’re the best for everyday eating:
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- Melted candies and flaky salt for decorating
- Beat sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt with a mixer until dough forms.
- Roll into balls and set on a tray lined with parchment paper and freeze until firm (or for about 20 minutes).
- Melt chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
- Line another tray with parchment paper. Then, dip peanut butter balls in melted chocolate and set them on the tray until dry. Add dry decorations if desired.
- Once ready, decorate with melted candies and enjoy!
- 4 medium-sized frozen bananas
- Dash of almond milk
- ¼ c. cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1-3 drops peppermint extract
- Mix all ingredients in the food processor, saving the peppermint extract for last to add your preferred amount.
For even more healthy holiday recipes, follow this link.
Holiday doTERRA Oils
Bring festive and safe scents to your home with the following holiday-themed doTERRA diffuser blends:
Give the Gift of UV Protection
Looking for a unique gift idea for the friend or family member who has it all? We have the following Bloquv products in store right now, and there’s definitely something for everyone on your list:
- The Unisex Bandana
- The Unisex Blanket Wrap
- The Unisex Hoodie
- Women’s Tunic Dress
- Unisex Sun Sleeves
- Women’s Jogger
- Men’s Short Sleeve Polo
- Women’s Compression Tights
- Kids Crew Neck Top
- Men’s Long Sleeve
BeFitSRQ gift cards are available, too. They can be used for our products or training sessions!
Don’t forget about laser therapy during this busy holiday season. You may even want to ask for a laser therapy gift card underneath your tree!
Exciting Upcoming Events
Enjoy every piece of the holiday season with these fun happenings from our community.
Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens
Beginning December 11th, stop by to see more than 2 million lights shining throughout the paths of the downtown campus. Food, children’s activities, and photo opportunities will be available, too.
Sarasota Farmer’s Market — Holiday Night Market
On Tuesday, December 21st from 5-8 pm, the farmer’s market will be filled with lights and fun holiday decor. Plenty of last-minute gifts will be available for purchase.
Come out to Nathan Benderson Park on December 4th for a 5K or 1-mile run. Proceeds support the race to cure arthritis, and finishers receive a t-shirt, medal, and their own set of jingle bells to enjoy.
Take on this fun exercise opportunity on Saturday, December 11th at 8 am on Siesta Key. Run through the sand for 3.1 miles or try your hand at the 1-mile hot cocoa challenge before the big race.
No matter what your holiday season looks like this year, make a point to stick to your goals. Enjoy time with family and friends and indulge where you want to, but move your body and substitute for healthy choices when possible, too. We wish you the best and don’t forget we’re here to help however we can!