As we all know, Christmas time is a time for mistletoe and wine. A time when children sing Christian rhymes. All the kids in your neighborhood will do it – that's what they do at this time of the year.
Traditionally, there is no time for fitness. People tend to stay indoors and eat and drink as much as they can while their children sing without singing a Christian rhyme.
But this does not have to be this way. There is no law that says you can not go for a quick 5km run or a long bike ride before setting off for the next big meal on the Christmas schedule.
To help you maintain your fitness program during the festive season, why not try your hand at any of the challenges below. A fair warning, some are harder than others ̵
Walking Home For Christmas
This charity challenge for Walking With The Wounded can be as simple or as hard as you want. You just have to log in to run a route of your choice between the 13th and the 23rd of December. This may mean that you have to go home a few miles from work instead of taking the bus, or doing an epic 24-hour hike through a few counties.
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In addition to the usual Saturday events on December 22nd and 29th, many Parkruns in the UK will host special events on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. You can check if your local event is hosting an event by going to their website. For those who wish to prepare, you can sign up for two Parkruns at either Christmas or New Year's Day if the events start at different times so you can run one pair in a row.
Find Your Local Festive Parkrun | Free
Rapha Festive 500
Launched in 2010, this cycling challenge requires drivers to drive 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. You can log your trips on Strava to take part in the official challenge, or you can pick up a festive 500 Brevet card at certain clubhouses if you want to record your trips.
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You probably think that there are too many pushups, but the good news is that you do not have to do them all at once – you get from December 24th to January 1st , The bad news is that there are still an average of 111 print jobs per day. Luckily, we've got some tips on how to achieve pec busting performance.
The Big End Of Year Run
This event started as it did in the best of events – a few people started it and others wanted to join in. And by the last day of the year we mean a half marathon (5K or 10K) through the streets in central London. This is not an organized event where you can expect marshals and medals – the pace is very relaxed and you join the group and have a good grasp of what you have done this year and your plans for next year. And if you only want to drive 5K or 10K, there are pick-up points on the route so you can join the main group.
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Start Fitness Serpentine New Year's Day 10K
Start the year 2019 in the best possible way by tackling this awesome 10km around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens , The atmosphere is guaranteed to be great, no matter what the weather, which will help you finish the race no matter how bad your hangovers are.
Sign up for £ 20