Santa Claus training on exercise bike at the gym

We're sorry. Really. We understand that many of you like to wait until well into December before you even start thinking about festive cheer.

But, to be completely honest, we're just super excited. We LOVE Christmas. And we're looking for any excuse to bring it into our routine. Where better than our training routine?

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This is a list of Christmas songs with their BPMs. We've attempted to order them so that, when played the whole way through, they create a decent workout session (head to the end of the article for the complete Spotify playlist).

You'll all have different needs and requirements of course, so you might want to think about changing the order up a bit. We hope you'll be able to put together your perfect festive workout, whether you prefer rollers, a turbo trainer or a spin bike.

Remember that if you like your workout plans a little more scientific (i.e, benefits before beats) then you can check out our 3 Turbo Trainer Workouts that Will Take you from Zero to Hero.

Happy pedalling!

Why not ease in slowly with a little bit of the oh-so-sultry Eartha Kitt's version of 'Santa Baby'. The perfect song to get your hips nice and loosened up – you'll not be able to resist having a wiggle while pedalling!

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Not quite fast enough for your warm-up? 'Sleigh Ride' by The Ronettes is 92 bpm.

shakin' stevens merry christmas everyone

OK, time to hike up the pace another 10 beats or so and turn up the resistance if you can.

Love your cheese during the festive season? The incessant jingle jangle of Shakin' Stevens is perfect. If you're not grinning at the end of this one, you might be dead inside.

Settle into this one, knocking up the intensity but keeping your cadence in check with this solid gold classic from 1981. A good guide to your exertion? You shouldn't be able to sing along with more than a line at a time. We know, it's a cruel world.

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Can't stand this song? Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' comes in at a similar 118 bpm.

We've been pretty pop-and-soul-tastic until now, so how about an interval for air guitar? (Caution: not if you're on rollers please). We find that rockier tracks, like this one from The Darkness, prompt an angrier part of ourselves to try and take on the world. Therefore we recommend listening to this and interjecting sprints throughout it.

Can't stand early noughties chart rock? Try one of the most beautiful Christmas songs ever recorded: 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' by Darlene Love (129 bpm).

brenda lee jingle bell rock

Keep that energy high, but also crank up your resistance. Jingle Bell Rock will bring your cadence – and therefore the amount of bpms needed to keep pace with – down considerably, despite your effort remaining high. We recommend every mean girl's favourite: 'Jingle Bell Rock'.

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Want to push yourself through the uphill with a high-energy tune rather than a pace-maker? Head back to the 70s with Slade and 'Merry Xmas Everybody' instead.

Jackson 5 santa claus is coming to town

Weeeee! Time to bring that resistance down and to nail the flat in time with 'Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town'.

You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout, I'm telling you why...

Cause indoor training is good for you. Fact.

Were you expecting us to say something else?

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Too brisk for you? Try the gorgeous She & Him's surprisingly giddy version of 'Baby It's Cold Outside' (144 bpm). It even changes up the traditional gender parts, which we like a lot.

destiny's child 8 days of christmas

And finally, your cool down! And what's better to get you back to feeling like your normal self that a shot of turn-of-the-century RnB celebrating the joys of capitalism? That's right, it's the ever-impeccable Destiny's Child.

Good job. Now go and do some Christmas shopping.

All the songs in one Spotify playlist!

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