From now until New Year’s Day, your schedule will likely be filled with family obligations, traveling and festive outings with all sorts of tempting treats.

It’s no surprise that many of us see our waistlines expand during the holiday season.

Trust me when I say that even the most disciplined people like my top clients and myself can find it difficult to stick to their health and fitness routines.

But this year can be different.

Here are their secrets to staying fit during the season of overindulgence:

Tip 1

Make lists, exercise early and sleep.
“The holiday season is one of my favourite times of the year, but I recognize that it has the potential to be hard on my health. To alleviate the potential negative impacts of the season, I recommend making sure workouts are in the morning so you don’t get distracted later in the day by parties, events or other holiday hoopla. I also recommend getting plenty of rest and maintaining lists to stay organized and stress-free.”

Hannah understands the importance of staying fit all year round

Tip 2

 Plan – and remember there is always time and opportunity for a workout.
“Plan your workouts for the week and note them in your schedule to assure they are a part of your day. Also, remember that some exercise is better than none. Rather than skipping the gym altogether, make time for a quick workout. If my schedule keeps me from the gym, I find at least 15 minutes to do body-weight exercises or kettlebell swings in the evening. It may not be my normal weightlifting workout, but I do sweat and feel a lot better when I’m done.

Tip 3

Remember it’s a single day.
“Enjoy the holiday. If you worry about eating too much on this single day, the reality is that one day won’t make or break your health plan.

Unfortunately, most people start a pattern of daily ‘treats’ in some form or another or skip exercise due to visiting relatives. That routine then somehow continues from christmas through the end of the year.

The take home message is enjoy the holiday, but don’t let it go from a day of indulgence to a month of indulgence that leads to unwanted habits that continue beyond the holiday season.

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Wishing you all a very safe Christmas and Happy new year

Fred

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