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Five ways to stay fit through the holidays

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For many people, the busy holiday season is not conducive to keeping up with our workout routines. It can be very difficult to fit a workout into work deadlines, shopping, baking, cooking, holiday parties, etc. However, there are ways to prevent or at least reduce some of those extra holiday pounds that can creep on.

Stay with your routine

The holiday season can be a challenging time to start a new exercise regimen, so stick with your regular routine as much as possible. Try to get in some exercise four times a week.

Exercise in the morning

Begin the day with your workout. This ensures that your fitness goals stay in place despite the busy holiday season. Plus, starting the day with exercise, even a brisk 15-minute walk, helps reduce stress and gets your body moving for the business ahead.

Do a condensed, but intense workout.

Even a short (20-30 minute) interval set can be effective, if you tie in three upper and three lower body exercises, as Active.com notes. Warm up with march in place, followed by 10-20 reps of an upper body exercise ( chair dips or modified push ups), a minute of jogging in place, then 10-20 squats or lunges followed another jog. Repeat two or three times, work in a few abdominal exercises, and cool down and stretch.

Bring tubes, bands & more

Remember to pack the exercise equipment you'll need for your holiday trip. Include running shoes, a jump rope, a bathing suit, or other workout gear, whatever will motivate you once you open your luggage.

Eat!

It is possible to enjoy the endless array of holiday treats and still stay on a healthy track. Eat small, nutrient-dense meals throughout the day, being sure to include greens, fruit, lean protein, and some healthy fats. This will ensure that you're not starving once you arrive at holiday party. You can the exercise some judgement in selecting a moderate amount of treats. If you do overindulge, don't stress about it. Just plan to make healthier choices the next day.

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