Stay Fit During the Holidays

The holidays are approaching, and it may throw you off your diet. Studies show that most people only experience a one-pound weight gain through the holidays. However, after decades, those single pounds can add up to significant weight, resulting in health problems. If you want to stay fit during the holidays, now is the time to start planning. If you revamp your exercise routine, eat a healthy diet including liquid supplements, and indulge reasonably, you will welcome winter in as good shape as you were in the summertime.

Try Something New

As the weather gets colder, you can find your motivation flagging. It is so much more tempting to stay inside and cozy under a blanket. If you are struggling to keep up your exercise routine, it is time to try something new. If you want the comfort of the indoors, but still want to stay fit, check out the classes at your local gym. There will be options for a variety of skill and energy levels, from yoga and Pilates to spinning, Zumba and even CrossFit. Remember that it takes about a month for a new activity to become a habit. So once you have settled on something you want to try, commit to performing the activity for at least four weeks to ensure that you will keep doing it.

Eat Well

The holidays are a season for temptation. Lots of family feasts mean many more opportunities to overeat. You can mitigate the damage if you keep a healthy diet otherwise. Focus on eating several fruits and vegetables each day. Look for foods that are high in protein, including meat, eggs, nuts and beans. Avoid excessive use of fats such as butter, and watch your consumption of processed grains, such as bread. Above all, strive to eat wonderful, flavorful food that is high in nutrients. You should also consider taking liquid supplements to make sure you are getting your recommended daily value of necessary vitamins and minerals.


You can take the opportunity to enjoy some delicious foods and desserts without killing your diet. However, you should always eat treats in moderation. If you are taking liquid supplements, you know you are getting the nutrients you need. But indulging too much can create bad habits. It can also lead to weight gain that will be difficult to eliminate in the cold months of winter. So have a slice of pie, but not five slices of pie. Take smaller portions and eat slowly to savor what you taste. Enjoy conversation with family and friends while you eat, so that the entire experience is a pleasure for the senses.

So many people wake up in the morning after New Year’s Day, feeling immensely regretful. All the partying and overconsumption they engaged in between Thanksgiving and early January has suddenly become apparent. If you do not want this to be your experience, take the opportunity to refresh your attitude toward your health. Renew your commitment to exercise, eat well and enjoy these festivities in moderation. You will be glad you did.