Stay Fit for the Holidays: Tips for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season

Fitness experts share advice that will help keep you fit from Thanksgiving to the New Year

From Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day, you’re frequently bombarded with decadent treats and hefty holiday meals. This paired with the fact that your schedule during this time of year tends to become a bit busier—making it more challenging to maintain a regular exercise routine—means that your health and fitness goals may get placed on the backburner.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with taking a short break from the gym (your body might actually need the rest) or enjoying a piece (or two) of apple pie. But, if you’re adamant about staying on course over the holidays, there are a few things you can do to make sure you'll stay committed to your goals while also enjoying everything the holiday season has to offer—including good food.

To find out the best ways to stay fit for the holidays, I consulted Lisa Corsello, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and the founder of Burn, a San Francisco based group fitness studio that incorporates Pilates, cardio and weights and Jessica Sepel, an international nutritionist & wellness expert.

Read on to find out the helpful tips they have to offer.

Make exercise a commitment.

During this time of the year Corsello recommends choosing an exercise routine that involves group fitness workouts or maybe even personal training sessions. “Choose something that requires an appointment, like a group fitness class, and treat it like you would any other commitment,” she said. “The simple act of putting your name on the list as a participant will help you stay accountable.”

Sing up for a future event.

“Register for an upcoming fitness event, like a walk or race, and ask friends to join you,” says Corsello. “Having something to train for will help you stay focused on a long-term goal.”

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