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Paige Waehner

Your Best Advice: How do you stay fit during the holidays?

By November 27, 2013

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This time of year makes everyone crazy, including my clients. In fact, during November and December, we pretty much spend most of our sessions picking over the details of each and every holiday get together - The food that must be prepared, the family that must be dealt with, the drunken uncles who must be wrestled into submission. And, of course the Big One: Avoiding weight gain.

I usually can't offer much help with the food prep or the crazy family or the drunken uncles (although I'm pretty strong and could, possibly, hire myself out as a bouncer...), but I can help with ideas to avoid weight gain:

  • Healthy recipes - This strategy involves bringing healthy dishes to Thanksgiving feasts, an idea that, in some families, might get one banned from Thanksgiving dinner forever. However, there are healthy recipes out there that don't taste too healthy...like these low fat mashed sweet potatoes. Yum.
  • Early exercise - Another client, who already has to be up early on Thanksgiving to help his wife prepare, decided an early morning workout was the best strategy for him. His plan: To combine this 10-Minute Body Weight Circuit with this 10-Minute Home Circuit for a short, but intense 20 minute workout. This strategy works for him because he doesn't mind early morning exercise. If you can't fathom doing such a thing, try the next strategy.
  • Before and After - One client knew there was no way she was exercising on the Big Day, nor did she have any plans to curtail her calories. Her strategy? Workout a little longer the day before, take a few extra walks on the day after and let the chips fall where they may.
I offer a few more ideas in my article, Staying Fit Over the Holidays, but I do want to confess something important. Most of my clients and I have realized we often can't follow all of these great, healthy ideas. I mean, it's hard enough to just get through it all without losing one's mind. My recommendation? Try just one and see how that goes.

Naturally, I want to hear from you as well. What's your best advice for keeping the calories in check this weekend? Leave a comment and tell us about it.

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