Whether we plan to or not, most of us will end up eating more than normal over the Christmas period, while also exercising less. If you don’t have time for your usual workout (or want to make sure you’re doing enough to combat that third helping of roast potatoes), Mark Di Soto, fitness manager at Dubai’s Fidelity Fitness, shares a few exercises that will work the majority of your muscle groups and help you burn calories. Better yet, the whole workout only takes 10 to 15 minutes. It uses a set of dumbbells, which you could substitute for bottles of water if you don’t have weights to hand. Ready? Let’s go.

Set 1
Exercise 1: squat to press. Reps: 12.
Hold the dumbbells at shoulder height with your elbows out to the sides.

Push your hips back, as if you were about to sit. Lower into a squat until your thighs are at least horizontal, with a straight back and knees in line with your feet.

As you stand up, raise the weights directly overhead.

Lower the weights back to shoulder height as you drop into the next squat.