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How to Stay in Shape for the Holidays

Written by: Monica Bestek

The holiday season is here and no doubt you’ll be spending time with your loved ones and indulging in delicious food whether it’s a beautiful white Christmas or an Aussie one down under!

It’s a wonderful time of the year!

But I know that in the back of your mind, you’re thinking, “How am I going to stay on top of health and fitness?” Yes, it’s going to be difficult with all the parties and celebrations but there are a few small things you can do to stay on track.

The first thing is accepting that you might be all over the place. Don’t feel guilty about it, just enjoy it, and know that you’ll be back on track and in your groove come January 1.

With that said, don’t fall of the wagon completely and do your best to keep it clean and moving.

Here are some ways you can stay in shape for the holidays:

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Make sure your breakfast is healthy

If you’re worried about the naughty foods, keep breakfast healthy. Skip the bagel and cream cheese, french toast, and eggs benedict. Reach for whole foods packed with nutrients, which will keep you full longer. Like what? My green smoothie with spinach, protein and banana, the infamous avocado toast, or poached eggs with greens and goats cheese seal the deal!

Get some quick exercises in everyday (even if it’s just a run)

My biggest advice is to not break the habit of exercising each day! If you can’t stay on top of eating healthy, make sure you are still winning by going for brisk walks, quick mile runs, taking on a simple indoor workout. Sweating a little is better than none, and it’s super important to keep your fitness levels up so you don’t return huffing and puffing in January.

Snack Wisely

Packing your own snacks help you fight the temptation of just grabbing what’s available. This is especially important if you work in a corporate setting where you’re constantly treated with holiday cookies, cupcakes, or candy. We love fresh fruit, nuts, and yogurt.

Limit the Drinks

Who doesn’t love a good glass of wine or cocktail, but limit yourself to only one or two glasses. You also want to make sure you eat before you drink. Alcoholic drinks are typically loaded with sugar and can do some major damage to your digestive system, so let’s keep it to a minimum.

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And an obvious, but super important – load up on the aqua. Eating a lot of salty foods and loading up on the alcohol requires you to upkeep your fluid levels! Not only is is a great way to flush out the toxins, but it keeps your skin fresh and makes you feel fuller!

Remember that it’s okay to treat yourself conservatively, but don’t give up on your health and fitness. Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!



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