Get Back in Shape (or Stay in Shape) Before January 1

People use the holiday season as an excuse to be bad – slacking off on workouts, loitering around the holiday candy. But, a body in motion, stays in motion, so here is a little secret – if you want 2018 to be your fittest year ever, now is the time to focus on your health and fitness routine.

Will you exercise your alter ego or get your fit on? Here’s how to sail through the holidays without loosening your belt.

Plan ahead. – a busy schedule means you need to plan better and prepare for your workouts ahead of time.

Get up and get moving. Any activity that can keep you moving for 30 minutes is perfect.

Look at fitness as a trek rather than a sprint. Give yourself a break and focus on making a solid effort every day, one day at a time.

Condense your workouts. Use compound movements, exercises that move more than one muscle group, and high-intensity workouts (i.e. the 7-minute workout). These exercises will hit your whole body, use minimal equipment and don’t require a big-time commitment.

Stay hydrated. Water plays a key role in all of the functions in your body – digestion, metabolism, and brain function among them. Drinking water can give you energy and stave off mindless snacking.

Be Mindful. When at holiday parties, peruse before picking up a plate. Ask yourself how many are foods you could have every day, like chips or pasta? Skip those. Save your calories for some fun indulgences.

Remember, exercise fits in with your life, not the other way around – you don’t need to commit to hours at the gym to be healthy. Enjoy the holidays, but don’t let them become a month of indulgences that leads to unwanted habits that continue beyond the holiday season.

Recipe of the Week:

Take the stress out of your Thanksgiving entertaining with this easy, one-pan Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash side dish. This side dish is bursting with flavor in every bite.

Quote of the Week:

“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.”

  • Brene Brown

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