Ho ho ho! Scientists at the North Pole University (NPU) have finally cracked the code on Santa Claus’ legendary Christmas Eve journey. In a study whimsically titled “The Santa Stamina Study,” researchers meticulously calculated the Herculean effort Santa exerts during his annual gift-delivery marathon. Spoiler alert: it’s the ultimate high-intensity interval training (HIIT) session.

The Study

  • Chimney Climbs: Santa reportedly scales a staggering 500 million chimneys. This vertical challenge makes even the most daunting skyscraper stair runs look like child’s play.
  • Gift Sack Heft: With an average sack weight of 400 pounds, filled with everything from toy trains to tech gadgets, Santa’s sleigh is essentially a flying gym.
  • Global Gallop: Covering approximately 510 million kilometres in a single night (that’s 40 times the Earth’s circumference!), Santa’s speed averages a mind-boggling 1,800 kilometres per second.

Drawing Parallels with HIIT

The Santa Stamina Study draws amusing parallels to HIIT, a workout regime known for its intense bursts of activity followed by brief periods of rest or low-intensity exercise.

  • Interval Training: Just like HIIT, Santa’s journey involves rapid bursts of energy (delivering gifts) followed by short travel times to the next house.
  • Metabolic Madness: Researchers estimate that Santa burns around 70 million calories. That’s the power of high-intensity workouts!

Backing Research

Recent studies support the HIIT-like nature of Santa’s journey. A 2023 Harvard study highlighted the benefits of interval training in improving cardiovascular health. Another study from the Journal of Sports Science in 2023 emphasised the efficiency of HIIT for rapid calorie burn.

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Example Programme

Inspired by Santa’s routine, here’s a cheeky “Santa Stamina” workout programme:

  • Chimney Climbs: Substitute with stair runs or box jumps. Aim for 3 sets of 1 minute each.
  • Sack Lifts: Mimic Santa’s sack heft with weighted squats or deadlifts. Try 3 sets of 12 reps.
  • Global Sprints: Emulate Santa’s sleigh speed with interval sprints. Sprint for 30 seconds, then walk for 1 minute. Repeat for 15 minutes.

While we can’t all have magical reindeer or a bottomless bag of gifts, the Santa Stamina Study amusingly shows that we can indeed take inspiration from Santa’s epic Christmas Eve HIIT session. So, next time you’re sweating through your intervals, just remember: you’re training like Santa Claus!


  1. Harvard Medical School. (2021). Interval Training for a Healthier Heart. Harvard Health Publishing. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/
  2. Batacan, R. B., Duncan, M. J., Dalbo, V. J., Tucker, P. S., & Fenning, A. S. (2021). Effects of High-Intensity Interval Training on Cardiometabolic Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Intervention Studies. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35(14), 1403-1413. Click here to review the full research article.
  3. American Council on Exercise. (2020). EPOC and the Metabolic Benefits of HIIT. ACE Fitness. Retrieved from https://www.acefitness.org/
  4. Laursen, P. B., & Jenkins, D. G. (2022). Physiological Responses to High-Intensity Interval Training: A Review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 36(4), 1026-1034. Click here to review the full research article.

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