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Healthy Holidays: Three Ways To Start The New Year Ahead And In Shape

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iStock 102670133 SMALL CroppedAll of the holiday treats, delicious meals, and cocktail parties are some of the best parts of the holiday season. However, you might not enjoy the lasting effects of all those calories once the holiday season is over!

Therefore, mitigating the damage that all those second helpings and delicious desserts cause to your healthy routine is totally necessary. Plus, you want to start the New Year off right, not already several steps behind on your fitness and overall wellness resolutions. Therefore, we suggest keeping certain ideas in mind during the holiday season. 

In fact, with the right positive mindset, you can start 2017 by getting ahead of the game during the holidays.

Work It Out On The Road.

There are definitely some quick workouts that you can take advantage of no matter where you are located, even if all you have is a bit of free space in a hotel room or a guest room. You even can start with our Workout Pal to build a routine that doesn’t require any equipment or that’s easy to do no matter where you are located.

If you are staying near home for the holidays, be sure to schedule in time for a run or to hit the gym - and don't break your plans! If you have fitness-minded guests in town build working out into your shared schedule as well; after all, working together can be a great way to spend quality time.

Eat With Your Eyes.

Preparing beautiful dishes and traditional spreads might be one of the best parts of the holidays - and that doesn’t necessarily mean that Everything in moderation, of course, and perhaps plan out “cheat days” to coincide with big holiday meals and celebrations.

And you can use your commitment to moderation and healthiness as a way to essentially cherry pick the best morsels from the holiday spread. After all, if you only get a few bites of the seasonal specialities, than you should get the very best ones!

Focus On Active Traditions.

There is a lot that you can do to celebrate the holiday that doesn’t involve eating or just sitting around (although we certainly don’t suggest that you should skip that part! Everything in moderation, after all). However, volunteering to help those fortunate at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving, going caroling, or even having a family dance party are all wonderfully festive and they aren't centered around eating.

Whether it is an old favorite or you’re creating a new memory, participating in traditions that get you moving and burn calories is always a good idea.

And of course, there are tons of ways to not only stick to your diet while enjoying all the delicious treats on hand. Everything in moderation, of course, and perhaps plan out “cheat days” to coincide with big holiday meals and celebrations. After all, you don't want to miss out on all the holiday fun!