slim woman doing exercise or dance classOh, the holidays. It’s a time of togetherness, and let’s face it – it’s a time of hectic-ness, too! Thinking back on the holidays from the past 2-3 years, have you survived it without overindulging in pumpkin pie, sugar cookies and a second or third helping of your mother’s garlic mashed potatoes? This year, make it your mission to survive the holidays without weight gain. It’s possible—and you don’t have to get your tinsel in a tangle while doing so! Here’s how to keep your bod looking its very best from Thanksgiving, all the way to the New Year.

Put Some Fun in a Hectic Holiday Schedule

The holidays are hectic, and there’s just no two ways about it. So, instead of getting your ‘tinsel in a tangle’ this year, stare it in the face and beat it to submission! When the holidays come around, everyone feels the burden of running around doing their holiday shopping, meeting work deadlines and keeping their household afloat. As a result, your weekly workouts can take a backseat. This year, make it fun with a change-up in your routine. That way, you’ll feel like your best self when hosting Thanksgiving dinner and attending those holiday parties you look forward to all year long!

Show Off Your Dance Moves With Two Cardio Classes a Week

Are you feeling anxious about the upcoming holidays? Do you have so much to do before the out-of-town guests arrive and you stick that bird in the oven? Relax and do for yourself, first. Take a new dance class and harness your inner salsa star, or Tour de France winner. Whether you choose a spin, Zumba or Cross Fit class, you can be sure that you’ll make it through the holidays with sanity and a svelte body!

Pump Up the Iron with High Intensity Strength Training

The holidays can be stressful, which means you will be in desperate need of a stress reliever. Give yourself a few high intensity strength trainings a week and you’ll see– it’s the gift you give to yourself that truly keeps on giving! Put yourself on a schedule that you can commit to realistically, and get a neighbor, best friend or friendly side-kick you’ve befriended at the gym to motivate you and keep you going full force ahead.  When you do, you’ll see that toned and trimmed all holiday season long isn’t the dream – it’s your reality.