20 Day Holiday Workout Challenge


This year I’m staying on top of winter weight gain by working out every weekday from November 28-December 25, using a different work out from my Workouts Page. Join in and stay active by pledging your participation in the comments section below. You do not need to run to participate – any physical activity will do!


Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Tweet about your workouts with hashtag #20DayChallenge, or sport a button on your blog to show you’re participating!


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  1. Beth Kane 11.28.2011

    What a great idea! I was just wondering what my plan was going to be to counter this lack of post-Thanksgiving motivation…

  2. Amanda 11.29.2011

    Great idea! I’m in!!

  3. Abbey 11.29.2011

    I’m in! May even try to throw in some exercise on one of the weekend days. It’s so hard to avoid weight gain over the holidays but upping the workouts should keep it to a minimum.

  4. Laura Nash 11.29.2011

    I just got back from the Holidays (in Iowa!) and am needing a jump start! We live in Dubai for the time being and the weather is great, which means beach season, so I am all in!!

  5. Dafni 11.29.2011

    Yes working out is a great way to keep your body weight under control and to have a healthy relationship with food. My work outs these days consist of spin classes and weight lifting. I also try to lead an active life by cycling to and from work and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
    Another, even more efficient, way to ward off weight gain during the holiday season is to remind yourself how hard it was last January to shed those Christmas pounds…

  6. Bridget 11.29.2011

    I’m in! I am a day behind but I will just make sure to get in at least 5 days this week! This is exactly what I need…I have been struggling to keep my self motivated since the weather started getting colder. But we are going to check out a new gym tonight so hopefully that helps!!

  7. Beth 11.29.2011

    I am in!!! Do you have any good running workouts for people that are just getting back into it?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.29.2011

      Hey Beth! I would recommend modifying the treadmill workouts by taking the speed down by 1, 1.5 or 2 mph on any routine, depending on what you’re comfortable with!

  8. Lauren 11.29.2011

    Woo! Let’s do it! Burn those Christmas cals!

  9. Katrine 11.29.2011

    I’m in! This was just what I needed. I even packed my workout bag this morning. Woo Hoo!!

  10. Kary Austin 11.29.2011

    I’m kicking up my bootcamp class and have created a mileage challenge for them to get us to the holidays! WooHoo!!

  11. On it! Great idea, IGE! I need some motivation (and accountability), especially after the calorie binge trainwreck that was Thanksgiving week (which was also my bday week)… yipe!

  12. Amanda 11.29.2011

    I’m definitely in! A little social motivation ALWAYS helps!

  13. My husband and I started our diets yesterday too (seemed like an appropriate day for some reason?). I want to lose some extra baby fat I’m carrying around from my son’s birth in May. Thanks for giving me extra motivation!

  14. Danielle Foley 11.29.2011

    Omg! Ok, I’m in. It’s going to be brutal, but then it wouldn’t be a CHALLENGE, right? I like the idea of doing weekdays. Everyday. 5am. YIKES. Good luck to all. I’m not a runner, but I’ll do something everyday…Happy holidays! :)

  15. Lindsay C 11.29.2011

    Yes! I definitely need something like this to help keep me motivated! I plan to workout 5 days a week as well….only I typically work out on Saturdays and take one weekday off. NEVER on Sundays! And I totally agree, I would much rather work out more and not have to stay away from all the holiday treats!

  16. Morgan Lapp 11.29.2011

    This is an awesome idea! I recently found out I am preggo and need to stay active! I may have to modify some workouts, but it’s a great challenge!

  17. I am so in! 5 workouts a week between now and Christmas. No problem! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  18. Micah 11.29.2011

    I’m in!

  19. Erica 11.29.2011

    I’m in!

  20. I”M DOING IT! Here. we. GO!

  21. Kristin 11.29.2011

    What a great idea! I’m in–leaving for a cruise in 2 days so might have to make up some missed days on the weekends :)

  22. KaraHadley 11.29.2011

    Skip out on champagne and cookies? Never! But sweating is something I can do. I’m in!

  23. Jenn from B-More 11.29.2011

    OH I LOVE A GOOD CHALLENGE! and this is just what I needed! I did a half-marathon in October and trained so hard I have found my motivation to get back at it so lost! I will do 20 days between now and Christmas! They might not all be weekdays but I’m doing it!! THANKS!

  24. Cate 11.29.2011

    Gonna do my best! I hate working out on weekends too…my routine is gone! I’ve done Jillian Michaels’s Yoga Meltdown DVD both mornings so far, that’s a *little* easier for me to handle first thing in the morning than the godawful treadmill.

  25. This is fantastic! I am 100% in and can’t wait to track my progress. Thank you for motivating me!

  26. Oh how I WISH I could do this. I’m having hip surgery tomorrow. Nooooo! While you’re working out, I’ll be in recovery. I’ll be blogging about it though, if you’re interested!

  27. Katy 11.29.2011

    sign me up!

  28. Odette 11.29.2011

    I’m in!!

  29. Ris 11.29.2011

    This is a great idea! I’m definitely in!

  30. stacey 11.29.2011

    I’m in!

  31. Terri 11.29.2011

    I’m in! Gym season in MN, not a ton of fun, but your workouts will keep me motivated!

  32. I’m totally in. But can I swap a weekday for a weekend day? I love my Saturday morning runs. :)

  33. Heather 11.29.2011

    I am all for this…just made a bet with my mom that I can lose more than her before the holidays…this is perfect!

  34. Kelli 11.29.2011

    Great idea! I think i can get on board with that. When you break it down to 20 week days (19 now) it seems so manageable! Here’s to hoping that by making this public on your blog that I can stick with it for 20 days. Shooting for an hour of activity every day for the next 19 (and maybe even some on the weekends!)

  35. Megan 11.29.2011

    Count me in! It’s definitely necessary!

  36. Nagore 11.29.2011

    I’m in too!!! i dont like running but im the queen of the stairmaster! great idea by the way ^^

  37. Colleen 11.29.2011

    I’m in … and put the button on my blog! Thanks for the motivation I needed! :)

  38. Lorel22 11.29.2011

    I am IN. Great idea!

  39. Debbie 11.29.2011

    3.1 miles in 30 minutes!! (run/walk)

  40. Katharine 11.29.2011

    Count me in! I’ve been SLACKING the past couple of weeks, so this is exactly what I need to get back into it. (Especially since I, too, hate working out on the weekends. Hate hate hate.) I’ll be doing the Couch to 5k program three days per week with some yoga and weight training the other two. Thanks for the motivation!

  41. Kelly 11.29.2011

    LOVE IT! I called it Happy New Years yesterday! I have had a rough couple of months and needed this to get back on the train! Are you modifying your eating during this time too? And if you have something to go to during the week you know you got to make it up on the weekend then! Thanks Kristin!

  42. I’m definitely up for the challenge! (And I love your restful weekend philosophy!)

  43. KATIE 11.29.2011

    LET’S DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS. IS. FITNESS!!!!!!!

  44. Jamie 11.29.2011

    I’m in. I got Monday and Tuesday done. I can get 3 or 4 workouts in pretty easily. It’s the 5th one that I will struggle with.

  45. Jolene 11.29.2011

    I’m in! Just the motivation I needed. I can do five of seven days of the week. This gives me a jumpstart on New Year’s Resolutions!

  46. Kari 11.29.2011

    I’m in and off to put the button on my blog! 1 hr 15 minutes of an amazing yoga class today! Tomorrow, I have three Zumba classes. Thanks, Kristin!

  47. WendyG 11.29.2011

    I am in!!!!!!!!!! Off now for day 2 woot woot!!!!!!!!

  48. What a great idea! Sign me up.

  49. Tami 11.29.2011

    I’m in. Thanks

  50. Michelle 11.29.2011

    I’m on board! This way, I won’t feel guilty having hot cocoa with whipped cream every night. Well, almost every night. I decided that I’m going dessert-free on Mondays and Wednesdays before the holidays so I can indulge more on the weekends :-)

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