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Simple ways to stay fit and healthy this festive season

 A woman working out at a nearby park. (Courtesy)

As we dive into the December holiday spirit, it's no secret that our diets might do a little dance, and a few extra pounds might join the celebration. Staying on the fitness track during this festive time can feel like a challenge, but fear not! You can enjoy the holidays and keep your fitness game strong. Here are some easy-to-follow tips to help you sail through the season without losing sight of your health goals.

Plan your workout time

Consistency is the name of the game when it comes to staying fit. Create a schedule that maps out when you'll exercise and what activities you'll do. Don't forget to mark down those well-deserved rest days. Adjust your routine to fit the holiday vibe – maybe add an extra rest day or two.

Quick and effective workouts with HIIT

Short on time? High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to the rescue! Imagine a brisk 20-minute run where you give it your all for 15 seconds every minute. HIIT is a superhero for keeping you fit, even when your schedule is jam-packed.

Mindful eating during festivities

With holiday snacks calling your name, it's essential to stay mindful. Research shows that distracted eating can lead to consuming 25% more calories. Keep an eye on what you're munching on to avoid unintentional overeating.

Easy on the sugary drinks and booze

The holiday season often comes with tempting drinks, but moderation is key. Keep a check on alcohol and sugary drinks to balance the fun without going overboard on calories.

Sneak in non-physical activities

Who says staying active only happens at the gym? Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk a bit more, and turn household chores into calorie-burning activities. Small changes can make a big difference.

Set realistic fitness goals

Avoid setting yourself up for disappointment by keeping your exercise goals realistic. Aim for workout sessions that fit into your schedule, like 30 minutes to an hour. Achievable goals keep you motivated during the holiday hustle.

Stay hydrated, stay full

Water is your best friend during the festivities. Sip it throughout the day to stay hydrated and feel full. Drinking water 30 minutes before meals can also help you eat less, keeping those holiday calories in check.

These simple tips can help you enjoy the holidays without sacrificing your fitness goals. Let's make this season a celebration of joy and well-being!

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