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Keeping Fit Over the Holidays: 4 Tips

The holidays are the worst time to try and maintain a slim figure. All those delicious desserts, rich entrees, and sweet and savory snacks being passed around can cause quite the temptation. Fortunately, you can have your turkey and eat it too, with these post-thanksgiving fitness tips.

Thanksgiving brings with it a hint of the sweets and treats you can expect over the rest of the holidays, so it’s the perfect time to begin practicing portion control, and get your exercise routine in gear. By keeping fit over the holiday season, you can eat the sweets, and still fit into that cocktail dress for New Years. Here are a few ways to stay healthy during the most scrumptious season of the year.

1. Get Moving: Perhaps the most difficult step to take is to just get moving. Shake off that turkey coma, and find a way to be active at home, at work, and in your free time. A great way to get moving as the weather turns cold is to employ the services of a stationary bike.

These bikes come in different styles, with full upright units you can work out on at home in front of your favorite soap opera, or miniature units, that allow you to peddle freely under your desk at the office. Sure, you’re not getting the full core workout you’d get from hitting the gym, but by making constant motion a part of your day, you increase heartrate, strengthen muscle tissue, and burn fat. It’s a win-win situation.

2. Find Something That Interests You: One of the biggest complaints we hear from those suffering from obesity, is that they just have no interest in physical activity. Sure, a long jog on the treadmill can be boring, but that’s not the only exercise available to you. Find an activity that interests you and makes you excited to get active and stay fit.

A great way to employ this concept is by joining a local sports team. We’re not suggesting you try out for the minor leagues here, but local running, tennis, and football clubs are a great way to get in shape while having fun. You might even make some new friends out of it, and having people around you who are interested in staying fit will help you reach your goals.

3. Get it Over With: Waiting until the end of the day to squeeze in a jog after work, or pile on the crunches and push-ups before bed is a recipe for disaster. Don’t leave yourself dreading exercise all day and then cram it in while your exhausted from a long day at work. Instead, we suggest making exercise a part of your morning routine. If you need to set your clock half an hour earlier in the morning, it could be well worth it to you in the long run.

Not only does exercising bright and early let you get it over with earlier in the day, it also helps you reprogram your body and energize your mind before you take on the day.

4. Stick to the Basics: Exercise can be intimidating if it’s not already part of your daily routine. We suggest not focusing so much on all the new fad exercises, but just sticking to the basics. 30 minutes of cardio a day, along with 30 minutes of weight training 3-times a week, will get your heart pumping, and tone that tummy in no time.

Hiking, biking, jogging, and swimming are a great way to fit in your cardio without going crazy. Similarly, workout out your core, and other muscle groups with a 5-10lb weight kit, crunches, push-ups, squats, and planks, will leave the confusion out of your workout, and help you get through it quickly and efficiently. 

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