The Running Bug Advent Challenge

Double the festive fun and give your fitness a boost in the run up to Christmas.

The Running Bug Advent Challenge

It's tempting to stay in and hibernate during the cold winter months, yet keeping active and staying motivated will do your mind and body the world of good. Take part in our advent challenge and up the fun factor while keeping fit.

Be active every day

The aim of the challenge is to make an extra effort to be active every day from the 1st of December to Christmas day. This could be a run to and from some last minute shopping, a prolonged half an hour dance around the Christmas tree, or a morning ab workout before tucking into your actual advent calendar.

Just 30 minutes of exercise a day is a good goal to aim for. If you're doing more intense exercises, such as the plank, shorten the time considerably or see our plan below for guidance. 

Log your activities

Keep a log of your fitness activities. That way when Christmas day comes you can look back and know that you earned that second helping of Christmas pud. 

Get festive!

Tis the season to be jolly! Follow the days below or make up your own daily challenges. Merry Christmas!


  1. Advent adventures! Head out for a gentle run. Why not head out and get a mulled wine? 20-30 minutes.
  2. Winter walk. Wrap up warm and get outside, 30-45 minutes.
  3. Tinsel trot. Head to your local parkrun with tinsel in your hair!
  4. Reindeer run. Run at an easy pace. 30-45 minutes.
  5. Yuletide yoga. Stretch it out with yoga. 30 minutes.
  6. Christmas core. Plank it out! 2 minutes.
  7. The timesaver tempo. 5 mins relaxed running, 10 mins 10K pace, 10 mins relaxed pace.
  8. Santa stroll! Head outside for a chilly walk. 30-45 minutes.
  9. The festive fartlek. 30 mins running, with 8 x 1 minute bursts of speed included.
  10. Santa cycle. Cycling to find Santa in his grotto! 30-60 minutes.
  11. The Christmas combo run. Tempo session and hills. 5 x 45 second hill reps, 90 secs rest in between, 15 mins at 10K pace.
  12. Winter walk. Head outside before finishing it with a hot chocolate. 30 minutes.
  13. Tree decorating cardio! Get the tinsel out, get your tree up and get moving. 30-45 minutes.
  14. Mince pie miles. 3 x 1 miles at 5K pace with 3 mins rest in between
  15. Yuletide yoga. Stretch it out with yoga. 30 minutes.
  16. The winter wind up. Split your run into 3. 10 mins – relaxed, 10 mins – half marathon pace, 10 mins – 10K pace.
  17. Work Christmas party boogie! Disco dancing. 1 - 2 hours.
  18. Surprise speedy long run. A long run with 5 speedy surges of 45 seconds.
  19. Christmas core. Do the plank! 2-3 minutes.
  20. Yuletide yoga. Stretch it out with yoga. 30 minutes.
  21. The shortest day run. 5 x 3 mins at mile pace. 2 mins relaxed running in between.
  22. Dance around the Christmas tree! Put on your festive tunes and have a dance. 30-45 minutes.
  23. Last minute run to the shops. Take your backpack, run to and from the shops. Two boxes ticked with one trip. 
  24. Santa’s super sprints! 1 x mile easy, 8 x 100m sprints with 2 mins easy running in between, 1 x mile easy.
  25. Cheeky Christmas day run. However long or far – get outside. It’s CHRISTMAS!!

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