Steal These 10 Holiday Routine Strategies to Stay Fit Throughout the Holidays

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Everyone loves the holiday season, but sometimes we get a little too excited and let healthy routines slip through the cracks. From big family gatherings to involving ourselves in cultural traditions, staying on top of healthy habits can be hard when your life is full of festivities. Steal these 10 holiday routine strategies and stay fit throughout the holidays.

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Keeping healthy during the holidays requires diligence and dedication, but it is definitely possible. Here are ten of the best ways to maintain a healthy routine while still enjoying your holidays.

10 Holiday Routine Strategies

1. Prepare for Healthier Holiday Eating

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You cannot expect to maintain a healthy holiday routine if you’re eating unhealthy food all day, every day. There is no way around it: If you want to maintain healthy holiday eating habits, you need to prepare ahead of time.

Make sure you are getting enough fruits and veggies in your day-to-day life, which means loading up on seasonal produce at the grocery store before the holidays get here. Also, dedicate some time to cooking healthy meals at home because you will be less likely to order fried chicken or pizza if you know healthy turkey dinners are waiting for you at home.

2. Stick to a Healthy Diet, Even if You’re Indulging

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The holidays are about celebrating life and friends, but they should not be an excuse to binge eat all day long. The next time you have the urge to reach for another piece of pumpkin pie or one more slice of Christmas cake, think about how you will feel after you’ve eaten too much.

If you maintain a healthy diet throughout the entire holiday season as a holiday routine, you won’t feel guilty about indulging every once in a while. And if you maintain a healthy diet year-round, the occasional piece of the pie will be no big deal.

3. Don’t Give Up on Your Workout Routine

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Whether you maintain a traditional workout holiday routine or some other physical activity every day, do not let the holidays get in the way of your fitness goals. Instead of sitting around during the holidays watching football, go for a long walk with friends and family. If your normal exercise involves running errands, doing laundry, or walking for exercise – keep it up.

4. Remember Why You’re Celebrating

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The whole point of getting together with friends and family is to have fun. So don’t forget about the reason you started maintaining a healthy holiday routine and eating habits in the first place. If you feel stressed or bummed out by all this “healthy eating” business, resist the urge to skip a holiday meal or whip up a batch of homemade cookies for Santa (because, let’s face it, you will eat them all in one sitting if you make them).

5. Try Healthy Holiday Recipes

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Everyone wants to maintain healthy habits, but they can’t maintain healthy habits without knowing how. That is why it’s important to experiment with new recipes that maintain a healthy holiday routine and eating habits.

Make healthy holiday recipes before the holidays hit, and you’ll be ready to maintain a healthy diet on that special day and beyond.

6. Watch Out for Hidden Calories

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If you maintain a healthy diet year-round, maintaining healthy holiday eating habits is easy: Just make sure to watch out for hidden calories.

Hidden sources of fat and sugar lurk in holiday foods like cranberry sauce, stuffing, pumpkin pie, candied yams, and fruit cake. Maintain healthy holiday eating habits by making your cranberry sauce instead of buying it in a can (it tastes better anyway). Use low-fat butter substitutes when baking and making fruit cake the new tradition (it’s like having a few bites of cake, not eating an entire tray of it).

7. Keep the Weight Off Year-Round

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Maintaining healthy holiday eating habits is not just about Thanksgiving and Christmas – it’s about maintaining healthy habits throughout the entire year. So, maintain a healthy weight, maintain healthy exercise habits, maintain healthy eating habits year-round, and maintain healthy holiday eating habits all season long.

8. Make Healthy Eating a Priority

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The best way to maintain healthy routines on holidays starts with maintaining healthy habits throughout the year: If you maintain healthy fitness and dieting goals on Thanksgiving and Christmas, you’ll find it much easier to maintain healthy holiday eating habits on New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day as well.

9. Don’t Beat Yourself Up Over a Few Holidays Bites

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The holiday season is coming up; maintain healthy routines by remembering not to beat yourself up over those few bites of pie. If you maintain healthy holiday eating habits for most of the festivities, make an exception and go ahead and indulge in a little high-calorie goodness.

10. Maintain a Healthy Routine Year-Round

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If maintaining healthy holiday eating habits is your resolution this year, maintain it throughout the entire year. Keep maintaining healthy exercise routines, maintain healthy dieting goals, maintain a healthy weight, and maintain healthy holiday eating habits to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle year-round.

Final Words

You do not have to give up your healthy habits for the holidays. This list of 10 ways to maintain a healthy routine throughout the holidays should help you maintain a healthy routine and enjoy all that this season has to offer!

It can be hard to stay on top of healthy habits during the hectic holiday season, but it is not impossible. The holidays are a time when we spend more quality time with family and friends, which is great – but if you want your health goals to stick into January, these ten tips will help make sure that happens.

There are plenty of ways to keep your healthy routine during the holidays. Whether you are looking for an answer or just need a little motivation, these ten tips should help.

What is one tip that has helped you maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holidays?

Go to the comment section and let us know your thoughts.

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