6 Weird Workouts to Keep You Trim Over the Holidays

Spice up your exercise this season and avoid that extra holiday weight gain!

December 6, 2011

If the thought of burning off excess calories from too much holiday turkey and stuffing by walking or jogging around the block leaves you yawning and opting for a nap instead, it's time to spice things up in the exercise department. IDEA fitness journal recently identified unique workout routines that are sure to keep exercisers with even the shortest attention spans engaged. Use components of these six unconventional training routines to creatively burn off those excess calories around the holidays. We promise you won't be bored!

Backpack Workout
Do a good deed and get your workout out in at the same time! In the "We've Got Your Back" workout, participants fill a daypack with non-perishable food items to make the workout more challenging by carrying the extra weight during a workout. Then, donate it to a local food bank after each session. Start a group in your neighborhood!

Rather sweat within the walls of your own home? FitnessGlo is a high-definition, online fitness class that offers an arsenal of exercise classes focusing on cardio, strength, and stretch. For $12 a month, you'll have access to dozens of classes categorized by type of exercise and your personal fitness level.

This 60-minute, "ultimate full-body workout" focuses on calorie-blasting interval exercises, is advertised to burn a whopping 900 calories in an hour. Balancing different levels of aerobic and strength training, you'll be bench pressing one minute, and sprinting the next! While classes are currently limited to the Atlanta area, you can tap the power of interval training anywhere. For more workout ideas, tap these interval workouts from menshealth.com.

Celebrate movement with batuka, a fusion of dance, martial arts, and high-intensity functional training. Batuka means a festive and vibrant gathering of people enjoying music, rhythm, and dance. The fitness and wellness system was designed by a Grammy-winning songwriter and music producer. His original music is coupled with pre-choreographed routines. Expect to see classes in your area soon if they aren't being offering already.

The MIX Technique
A new workout regimen featuring a fusion of ballet, yoga, and Pilates, this exercise will keep you switching up between graceful dancing and downward dogs. Currently only offered at the San Diego studio where it was developed, you can incorporate dance, yoga, and Pilates in your own workout routine to give your muscles and your mind a boost.

SKORE Cross Conditioning
This new semi-private training session for individuals offers a powerful and multidimensional workout for the entire body. Offered exclusively at Legacy Gym in Los Angeles, SKORE Cross Conditioning features 55 minutes of intense spinning and Kranking (think pedaling a bike with your arms), strengthening and toning both the upper and lower body while blasting

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