The longer nights have us dragging, and every spare quid is buying gifts, so we’ve tracked down the best free workout channels on YouTube.

Fitting in Fitness: How We’re Squeezing In Workouts During the Holidays

There is truly nothing better than the holiday season.

There is a special magic that happens everywhere, as well as parties, cocktails, and once-a-year kind of treats.

Suddenly, there are a million excuses to skip the gym and a million reasons not to squeeze in a workout

No matter the stage of motherhood you’re in, during the holiday season, it feels like every second matters, including the drive to and from the gym.

The longer nights have us dragging, and every spare pound seems to be spent on food and/or gifts, so we’ve tracked down the best free workout channels on YouTube.

Here’s how we’re mastering efficiency by doing workouts during the holidays while also watching Love Actually.

Jessica Valant Pilates

Jessica has been a physical therapist and pilates instructor for over 16 years. Her experience really shows as she offers ample modifications and workouts catering to all sorts of injuries.

With a special focus on pre and post-natal workouts, Jessica has a plan for each stage of pregnancy as well as specific issues, like sciatica, pelvic floor weakness, and even IVF.

Those looking for a Pilates-based core blasting workout can step it up with her muscle-shaking plank workouts.

If you’re looking for workouts during the holidays and time is short but you still want a full-body session (that only takes 10 quick minutes), try her “Pilates HIIT Workout” to feel the burn.

BodyFit by Amy

When we are ready to get some serious sweating in, BodyFit by Amy is where we end up. Her workouts range from 10 to 45 minutes long but pack a serious punch.

Even her BabyFit by Amy series proves that not all prenatal workouts need to be gentle. 

Amy shows us how we can still work out with a baby strapped to our chest, with “8-minute Mommy and Me Cardio” workouts.

On the rare days when we can grab half an hour to ourselves, her “Body Blast” leaves no muscle behind. 

Alo Yoga

The luxury yoga brand’s YouTube channel has carved out a special place in our hearts.

Offering both full-length 60-minute classes as well as 5-minute how-to videos, the Alo Yoga Channel seems to calm us as soon as we click on it. 

Our current holiday favorite is their 7 Days of Gratitude series, full of 30-minute yoga classes that both challenge and relax us.

Their 30-minute prenatal flow seemed to help us find some untapped energy and the Kids’ Yoga and Meditation series seems to hit the ‘reset’ button on cranky children. 

Jessica Smith - how to do workouts during the holidays

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith’s workouts seem to drop all the frills and just get it done. With 20 years of experience as a certified wellness coach, trainer, and instructor, Jessica has hundreds of workouts posted on her YouTube channel.

Each session offers enough variety so you never feel like you’re doing the same thing twice. 

Featuring just her and her sidekick, Peanut the French Bulldog, Jessica’s exercises are sorted by time, style, or activity.

We couldn’t have been more excited to find her crunch-free “8 Minute Total Body Belly Fat Burn”.

On mornings when we feel like we never slept at all, Jessica’s “12-Minute Low Impact Cardio Blast” gave us the energy boost we needed to make it through the day.

Sarah Fit - how to do workouts during the holidays

Sarah Fit

Fitness and mommy blogger, Sarah, brings some of our favourite prenatal HIIT workouts.

She manages to be sweet and relatable, even as she’s convincing us to keep going. As a mom, Sarah knows we don’t have a lot of time, so her workouts focus on being quick, but effective. 

Her arm slimming exercises had us feeling a serious burn, packing a lot of work into 4 minutes. Sarah’s inner thigh and glute workout can totally be done while hanging out on the floor with the kids.

Most importantly, squeezing in any exercise during the hectic holiday season makes our spirits extra bright.

How are you finding time to workout during the holidays?


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