ThanksgivingSure, it may still be sweltering hot in your neck of the woods, but fall is right around the corner. Are you ready for the holiday season? Whether the fall and winter is full of your children’s dance recitals, company parties or baking cookies for the neighbors, there’s no time like the present to get ready for the gift giving season ahead! When you look your best, you’ll feel your best—so keep reading. We’ll show you how to get it done.

Resist Buying Big Bags of Holiday Candy

Those candy manufacturers are brilliant. Every year around this time, they come out with bigger (and cheaper) bags of candy corn and red and green M&Ms. It’s no wonder it becomes harder and harder to resist buying them! Don’t buy the family size bags of Halloween candy now. Instead, wait until a few days before Halloween to purchase them. When the trick-or-treaters come knocking on your door, give them all the candy you’ve got, because the less you have left over, the less you’ll be tempted to eat yourself.

Increase Your Weekly Workouts

If you’re already at the gym faithfully several times a week, you’re off to a good start for the upcoming holiday season. Continue with a few weight training sessions, combined with one or two cardio sessions per week—and you’re going strong and steady. But whether you’ve just registered at your gym or you’ve been working out for years, it’s time to up the ante on your workouts, because let’s face it: when the holidays hit, more calories will be consumed.

Start by increasing the number of your workouts by one or two. So, if you’re used to working out twice a week, work out three times a week. What if you don’t have any time for an extra work out? Simple. Wake up an hour early every Wednesday or Friday. Push yourself just a little bit, and you’ll see big time results. Here’s the kicker though—make that extra workout really count. Set your timer for thirty minutes, and ride that spin class hard. Or, sign up for an eight week boot camp, and mimic your instructor’s fitness level as closely as you can by working out just as hard as she does.

Christmas candyFeel the pain, and you’ll earn the gain. The best part of pushing yourself now, is being able to confidently enjoy how you look and feel. With as many upcoming events as you have during the holiday season, don’t you owe it to yourself to be on top of your health? When your healthy, (and as a result of good health, happy!)  the holidays will be merry and bright.