The holidays are officially upon us—and that means a couple of things—none of which, unfortunately, are good for our waistlines! But, if you follow these (very easy) tips to sprinkle a little fitness into the festivities, you won't feel so bad about skipping the gym for that ugly sweater party!
1. Walk: When you're out doing your holiday shopping, walk as much as you can! Don't drive around looking for the closest spot in the parking lot—every extra stride equals more calories burned! Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, who has trained Robert Pattinson, Megan Fox and more, tells People he keeps Rihanna in shape by having her wear a pedometer and making sure she takes 10,000 steps a day.
So, this holiday season, seize every opportunity you can to squeeze in a few extra steps!
2. Do Mini Workouts: We know, the holidays are insane! Our already busy schedules suddenly become twice as chaotic and going to the gym just isn't an option. Michael George, who has trained everyone from Meg Ryan and Reese Witherspoon to Christian Slater and Tobey Maguire is used to clients with crazy schedules. On his website, he explains how you can fit mini-workouts in during a typical holiday day, "Split your workout into 5 to 10 minute circuits. Choose the focus of your workout by selecting anywhere between one and three body parts to focus on," he says. "If you select five exercises then do each for one minute in succession and then repeat until your 10 minutes is up. Go do your grocery shopping for your holiday party or get some work done and then come back and do that again. If you can find 10 minutes, three times a day you have a 30-minute workout."
3. Allow for a Slipup: Letting yourself indulge every once in a while isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can help keep cravings at bay and battle the urge to overindulge on all of those tempting holiday treats. But it's important to remember that there is a big difference between bending the rules and an all-out binge—the main difference being the holiday hangover that accompanies the latter. If you don't normally allow yourself to eat dessert, go ahead and take a piece of pie—just remember to tread lightly— the dessert tray isn't a buffet!
Weigh in: What are some of the things you're already doing to stay in shape this holiday season? Tell us in the comments!