But slacking off from your usual healthy habits can lead to muscle loss (bad for your metabolism) and weight gain (bad in general), even though most people gain on average one pound during the holiday. Family obligations, traveling, and irresistible meals can make those clothes tighter.
The truth is that it doesn’t have to be that way at all.
Another truth is that you don’t have to spend hours at a time in the gym instead of enjoying yourself with good company. That isn’t to say that you have a green light to overindulge and be careless about what you put your digestive system through.
Break your workout throughout the day
The best advice is for people to break their workout throughout the day, according to Maurice Williams, top personal trainer, fitness coach and owner of Move Well Fitness. “Instead of doing 45 minutes at a time, do 10 minutes but twice or three times a day.” The overall effect will be the same. “Your body doesn’t know the difference,” he added.
Keeping yourself accountable is one of the best ways to make sure you stay on track. Having a partner for any form of exercising, not just at the gym, can also help you overcome boredom (if you have that problem). “Try to pick someone who is equal to your fitness level or even better so you can keep up. It’s good for motivation,” Williams says.