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These Tips And Tricks Will Help Healthy Eaters Stay On Track During The Holiday Season

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It's finally here! That time of year when even the healthiest of eaters find themselves being tested every single day. The holidays are hard enough to get through without the added joy of a freezing cold outside world. If staying on track during the winter doesn't come naturally to you, here are a ton of hacks and tips to help you pull through.

1. Adjust your schedule to accommodate the chaos.

running outside

Even if you're Superwoman, you're not going to be able to keep your normal schedule going when you're in the middle of shopping and pie baking and socializing. This article from About has a lot of good advice for reworking your routine in the winter.

2. Undo the damage.

pumpkin pie

If you know there's no way in hell you're going to pass on the eggnog and pie that come along with every holiday party, you can still make up for it the next day. I love this article from Fitness Magazine that has practical tips for how to get your body feeling normal after a splurge or a binge.

3. Try a helpful app.


There are hundreds of apps floating out there in the universe that want to help you lose weight and get into shape. As to be expected, though… some of them are complete garbage. We put up a list yesterday of positive weight loss apps that won't make you feel like crap. If you're going to try one for the first time, I recommend any of those. They have a miraculous ability to make me stop shoveling pumpkin pie down my throat.

4. Watch a motivational YouTube video.

weight loss before and after

Sometimes the only thing that will get me off my butt and out to the gym in the winter is hearing other people talk about how good working out feels. Maybe that's lame, but I don't care. You can pretty much search “why I should work out” or “how I lost weight” and you're guaranteed to find something that works for you. This video of before and after pictures is the only reason I did the Stair Master yesterday.

5. Do an at-home workout.


There's nothing harder than motivating yourself to work out when a) you're sleepy from eating turkey and going through your third sugar crash of the day, b) it's freezing cold, and c) you can't be bothered to leave the house. Lucky for you, we put up a list of holiday workouts you can squeeze in from the comfort of your home!

6. Make time to de-stress.

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If the cold doesn't bug you and the abundant cookies don't stand in your way, it's still easy to let the stress of the holidays keep you from getting fit. We have a bunch of tips for getting zen in the midst of Christmas chaos.

7. Make smart little choices.


If you're anything like me, completely skipping the holiday indulgences is out of the question. I'm going to Starbucks in the morning. That's not going to change. That's why I rely on guides like this one that show me how to make choices that suck a little bit less.

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