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Bobble hats on, this wonderland workout will make you feel truly festive

1 day ago / Melanie Macleod / 0 comment

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It's the 'John Lewis Christmas ad' of online fitness and trainer Lucy Wyndham-Read wants everyone to join in: 11 moves in 11 minutes with sleigh bells thrown in

Nothing signals the start of the festive season quite like the moment when the John Lewis Christmas advert drops. The heart-warming feeling and unabashed winter wonderland spirit is exactly what personal trainer and YouTube fitness expert Lucy Wyndham-Read wanted to capture when she dreamed up the idea for her winter wonderland festive workout video, which landed yesterday, 1 December, free on her Youtube channel. You're invited to get your bobble hats and sleigh bells on and join in. At the time of writing, just 24 hours since the video was posted it's had over 21,000 views.

“With my Christmas video I want to sprinkle magic to everyone. It’s a Christmas we can’t celebrate as normal, so I hope this video will bring magic, escapism and make people feel special, healthy and fit and realise that exercise can be fun. I want to give everyone the gift of health which is what we need more than anything in the world right now, " she says.

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Lucy, who is best known for her seven-minute YouTube workout (it’s been viewed 85 million times) created the winter exercise video as an upbeat and magical end to a challenging year.

Like many of us this year who've had to learn new online ways of working, Lucy had to teach herself some new tech skills to create the backdrops and sounds. “I had the idea of what I wanted to create but no clue a how I was going to actually make it but I eventually found a way,” Lucy says. “A lot of hard work went into it and it had to be perfect. I’m keeping the creation a secret for now, but I’ll eventually release a video explaining how it came to be.”

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The calorie-burning, full-body, low impact toning workout is set to a backdrop of enchanting snowy woodland scenes, complete with appearances from a majestic stag and a cute Bambi deer. There are 11 different exercises, all at 60 seconds each. They include moves that Lucy’s dedicated followers will already be familiar with such as curtsey lunges and leg raises.

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This has been quite the year for Lucy; she’s been creating free at-home workouts for YouTube since 2012 but her channel took off in 2020 in a way she never could have predicted. It's now the most viewed exercise channel in the UK (yes, even more than Joe Wicks)

“I have to keep pinching myself about that,” she tells us. “I’ve had to adapt this year; I used to film my workouts in a studio and now I do it in my living room, but it turned out people liked them more. I’m in my front room, and they’re in theirs, which creates such a strong connection. There’s a realness to it, with my cats running in and out, and that was what people liked.”

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“We’ve become such a strong community in these challenging times. People all over the world have been tuning in to work out together online and give each other hope and helped each other feel less alone"

Watch Lucy's winter wonderland workout on YouTube now

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