The holidays are almost upon us and that means lots and lots of fun, food, and festivities. There’s no better time than the holiday season to enjoy family and friends, as well as the occasional extra helping of stuffing or sweet treat. But what happens when the sofa suddenly sounds better than a super-sweaty workout? Let me tell you it’s all about maintaining your mindset and keeping yourself in check until the new year kicks in.

Here are their top five tips to stay motivated and fit during the most tempting time of the year:
1) Buddy Up for the Holidays
They are here! Your entire family, all in one place for the holidays. Or maybe it’s your good friends visiting from out of town. Trainers such as Body by Demond agree it’s the perfect opportunity to pick a holiday workout buddy, or even a workout group. Hey, the more, the merrier. Grab a family member(s) or friend(s) who will be your holiday buddy—decide to maintain, not gain during the holiday season by doing workouts together, trying new fitness classes on your holiday days off.

It’s up to you to take the lead and have fun with it. Make fitness a family affair. (Take a) family hike or bike ride or family challenge! Who can do more burpees? And if friends and family aren’t up to holiday workouts, If your family wants to be unhealthy. That is okay too. Find an accountability partner through the holidays to commit to your favorite group fitness classes!
2) Keep Your Routine…Routine!
You have a long list of places to go, presents to buy, and people to see. So maybe you don’t have time to work out today. Tomorrow will work, right? Wrong. Make sure your workouts are still scheduled. Holidays don’t mean a holiday from working out. Plan, plan, plan. Stick to routines! Treat your meal routine like any other day. Eat all your normal pre-family function meals as you routinely do…Have your normal breakfast, lunch, and in-between meals.

For many people, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, so be sure to maintain a healthy balance to keep it that way. It’s ok to say ‘no.’ Stress and racing from place to place can leave you exhausted, overwhelmed, and out of sync with your healthy routines.

3) Retreat From Treats
For health enthusiasts and fitness aficionados, the holidays often present a predicament for their palate. They want to eat the tasty treats, but don’t want the “benefits” they provide (a.k.a., calories, fat, sugars, you name it).“Bring food you know you can eat to parties! There are a lot of clean recipes out there!I make the healthy version of my favorite treats and bring those to parties with me.

They agree that you don’t need to completely ditch the dessert; you can simply exercise portion control, à la 21 Day Fix. Don’t deny holiday treats BUT have a small portion and of course, be consistent in working. Moderation in everything. One Christmas cookie won’t derail you, but 7 will.
4) Plan Short Workouts
With so much happening during the holidays, it’s easy to commit to everything but your workout. Commit to short workouts. Morning workouts. 30-minute workouts. Fitness is not negotiable.

5) Eat Before Your Big Event
Ahh, holiday delicacies. Turkey with all the trimmings. Dessert. How about another cup of eggnog? It feels like the calories are adding up just thinking about it. Many trainers agree on one strategy that works: Eat before dinners and parties. I like to eat something healthy with a large glass of water before heading out to an event. I show up pretty full and therefore don’t feel the need to have a full plate.” Katie Hake takes it one step further. Spoil your dinner! Fill up on veggies and fruit before dinner/the party and bring your own healthy dish. Remember, the holidays are more about spending quality time with the ones you love.
And Here’s One Bonus Tip!
Like it or not, we all do it. Holiday shopping. Turn shopping it into your own form of exercise, but offers some advice to help keep your energy level high. Holiday shopping is cardio! Shopping on an empty stomach will just slow you down and pack on the pounds. Pack your purse with healthy snacks like almonds, an apple, and a granola bar.

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