From now until New Years Day, your schedule will likely be filled with traveling, festive parties and family gatherings.  It’s no surprise that many of us feel our waistlines expanding during the holiday season!  Even the most discipline of people may find it hard to stick to their fitness routines and clean eating habits during this time.

Here Are A Few Tips To Staying Healthy And Fit During This Season Of Overindulgence:

1.  Stay Hydrated.

Drink six to eight glasses of water per day, and make sure to drink water before big, calorie-rich meals.  Your brain can sometimes confuse thirst with hunger, and a large glass of water before a meal, can help lessen the amount of food you consume.

2.  Keep Moving.

We all know that it is very possible to do a lot of sitting during the holidays!  Prolonged sitting can be hazardous to your health.  Research shows that getting up for five minutes every 30-60 minutes reduces your risk of diabetes and heart disease risk factors.

3. Exercise Early.

Make sure that you schedule your workouts early enough in the day so you don’t get distracted by parties or other holiday events.

4. Get Plenty Of Sleep.

Though it’s a wonderful time of the year, the holiday season can potentially have harmful effects on your health.  A lack of quality sleep during the holidays is often the culprit of holiday weight gain and missed fitness routines.  It is important to get plenty of sleep and to do your best to stay on your regular sleep schedule.  This will help you to truly enjoy the season without sabotaging your health goals.

5. Get Rid Of “All or Nothing” Mindsets.

Do your best to avoid an “All or Nothing” mentality when it comes to healthful eating and physical activity.  Just because you indulge here or there, doesn’t mean that your fitness and health efforts are shot.  Clean eating and daily fitness routines should be a way of life and cannot be sabotaged by a single party or family gathering.  Maintaining a healthy lifestyle takes getting back up and beginning again even if we have taken time off to indulge!!

6. Plan Your Workouts!

Make sure to schedule your workouts into your weekly calendar.  Scheduling your workouts or planning a workout with a friend will hold you accountable and well help to ensure that you stay on the right track!  Sometimes it takes a little bit of careful planning, but with the release of endorphins, exercise always makes you feel better!

7. Remember That It’s A Single Day.

Take time and enjoy the holiday.  If you worry about eating too much on this single day, remember that one day won’t make or break your health plan.  Unfortunately, most people start a habit of “daily treats” and skipping workouts due to holiday festivities.  Be careful not to make a single day of indulgence turn into a month of indulgence that leads to unwanted habits that continue well beyond the holiday season.