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The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but these 6 weeks can also completely destroy our exercise routines and diets. But, there are some things we can do to counter that and not go backwards on our gains for the year in both health and fitness.

Walk

If family commitments begin to get in the way of your workouts at the gym, then do shorter workouts, or at a minimum go for brisk walks to keep up your cardio and to help burn calories. Be sure to include the family when you can.

Dance

When you go to that Christmas Party, crank of up the music and dance the night away. Do not spend the evening hovering over the food table.

 Skate

Take the family ice skating, along with the walking. Not only is it fun, but it’s something new that most people do not do regularly. Make it a family or friends event.

Control Sweets

It’s OK to have a few Holiday goodies along the way. Just don’t gorge on them. Instead, focus on lean meats, fruits, and vegetables when available.

Eat Smaller Portions

Do not grab the large plate or platter to fill up. Use the smaller plate. You find yourself eating less and still feeling full.

Drink Water

We all know that we need to stay hydrated, and water reduces appetite.

Sometimes, it’s the small things that can make a big difference. The point is to stay active and control what you eat and drink, but still allow yourself to participate and enjoy the season!

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