The holiday season is here, meaning holiday sweets will be everywhere you turn and your schedule will be packed so full it may be hard to fit in your usual workouts. Here are a few tips for keeping fit during the holidays.

Bring Healthy Snacks With You

Holiday sweets surround us this time of year: in the break room at work, free samples in shopping centers, at every party you attend and every home you visit. One way to minimize the amount of tempting sweet treats you consume is to bring healthy snacks with you. This might include dried fruit, nuts, fresh fruit or yogurt. This will give you something to snack on while others are enjoying the sweets or something to consume so you don’t overindulge.

Bring Your Water With You

If you aren’t already accustomed to bringing a water bottle with you, the holiday season is the perfect time to start. Staying hydrated with water and herbal tea is an excellent way to stave off dehydration in between your favorite holiday flavored coffees, hot chocolates, smoothies and beverages. Proper hydration also helps to regulate metabolism and cleanse your organs.

Find More Opportunities to Move

Keeping Fit During the HolidaysWhile moderation is important, many of the joys of the holiday season are the meals, desserts and seasonal drinks. To help offset your increased caloric intake, find more opportunities to make small movements throughout the day:

  • Aim to stand and walk at least once each hour.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Take the dog on one more walk per day than usual.
  • Stand when you would usually sit, like when you are working or watching TV.
  • Head outside for a quick game of football, basketball or tag, play an interactive video game or just play with the kids in your family.
  • Plan seasonal physical activities such as ice skating or taking a nighttime walk to see the lights.

Schedule Your Workouts in Advance

It is more important now than ever to schedule your workouts in advance. Otherwise, you may get so caught up in the festivities that you don’t make it to the gym. Also, there are sure to be several seasonal activities and events on your schedule. Unlike the average week where your workout time may be fairly consistent, you may have to rely on a combination of before-work, mid-day and evening workouts. You might even need to cut some of your workouts shorter than usual. While scheduling your workouts in advance, check to see if any of the Adult Fit classes at Competitive Edge fit into your schedule — maybe even while your kids are already here training. Our one-hour workouts will ensure you get a fun, yet challenging, full-body workout, which will burn calories and provide you with the energy boost you need to tackle your busy holiday schedule.

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