It’s that time of year again: the time for endless holiday parties, stressful last-minute shopping, and of course, copious amounts of those glorious long-awaited holiday treats! Yes, the holidays can be an amazing time for one’s spirit, but can indeed wreak havoc on one’s health progress. People commonly use the craziness of the holidays as an excuse to take a “break” from their fitness and diet regimens, and with a shiny new year right around the corner, why not? That’s what resolutions are for!

But wait! You’ve worked so hard to lose weight and gain muscle the first 2/3rds of the year, why undo all of your amazing progress? With adequate planning and foresight, you can literally have your fruitcake and eat it too. While it may seem like you have no choice but to relinquish your disciplined health journey, here are a few tips you can use to stay on track while still getting to enjoy the holidays.

1. Plan ahead
Try to schedule workouts for the mornings so that when engagements with friends, family, and coworkers come up, you don’t have to skip the gym. Also, know approximately how much you should eat per meal so that you don’t go too overboard. Don’t know how many carbs, fats, and proteins to get in per meal? That’s okay, we can help you right here. Finally, nothing takes a worse toll on your fitness than getting sick. Avoid the dreaded winter colds and flus by boosting your immune system now through eating plenty of foods rich in vitamin C, getting plenty of sleep, and staying hydrated.

2. Moderation
Please enjoy yourself, you’ve earned it. But with all things in life, moderation is key. It’s okay to have that slice of cheesecake, those rich cheesy mashed potatoes, and even a nice holiday cocktail, as long as you don’t eat the whole pan. This may mean that you choose one over the others or simply enjoy small amounts of each.

3. Think strategically
Not every holiday dish needs to include 5 pounds of butter, 2 cartons of cream, or the entire shaker of salt. If you’re volunteering to cook the holiday feast, first of all, statues should be erected in your honor. Secondly, there are plenty of delicious, healthy recipes out there that will be sure to satisfy everyone’s palette. As a matter of fact, for every tempting unhealthy option there is for Thanksgiving dinner, there’s an equally nutritious one! Need some ideas? Click here to find out where you can find delicious, healthy, easy-to-make recipes.

4. Go outside
As much fun as it is to cuddle under a blanket with some hot cocoa near a fireplace, winter also provides some great opportunities to get outside and be active. Whether it’s lower-temperature hiking, ice skating, or skiing, there’s something for every activity level out there. Just remember to bundle up and stay hydrated! There are also plenty of fun, annual holiday-themed running events that the whole family can participate in. Make it a tradition! And don’t forget your turkey costumes.

The holidays can be a crazy but wonderful time of the year. Whether it’s buying gifts for the ones you love, gathering with those you haven’t seen in ages, or simply just getting into the festive holiday spirit, it provides a lovely conclusion to a year that you worked so hard during. Just remember, one does not need to sacrifice their fit lifestyle in order to enjoy the holidays. Stay accountable and start the new year off with even more momentum. You owe it to yourself!

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