holiday_dreamingThe holidays can be a time when your fitness goals and diet plan go out the window, but don’t let that stress ruin your holiday season. The best way to make it through all those events and get-togethers is to plan and decide what’s important. Don’t deprive yourself of your favorite holiday foods, but also don’t fill up on snacks and extras. Don’t miss out when they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie, it’s the holidays! Know your limits and watch those portion sizes and you will triumph!

Here are a few tips to keep you on track this holiday season:

Proper nutrition and hydration are crucial. We are constantly surrounded by comfort food over the holidays, but eating fruits and vegetables and drinking water throughout the day can provide you with improved energy and give your muscles the right nutrients to limit soreness and facilitate increased fat burn.

Exercise in the Morning. Moving your body first thing in the morning sets the day right and helps your body stay stress-free during this busy season. Getting your workout done and out of the way early in the day ensures nothing comes between you and your fitness goals. A quick, 15-minute toning routine or walk will make a huge difference in your energy levels throughout the day.

Having a proper warm-up and stretching routine is key to preventing injuries. Make sure you give yourself at least 10-15 minutes prior to your workout to warm-up. Dynamic warm-ups are also a great way to start a workout and get your blood flowing.

Find Balance. Remember this time of year is all about enjoying yourself with friends and family. Don’t deprive yourself of the things you love most about the season. When you stick to a healthy lifestyle and stay consistent, you have wiggle room for a little indulgence here and there.

Lastly, having a good support system is the best thing to help you stay on track. Whether it’s a spouse, friend, family member, or even your physical therapist. Sharing your goals with someone can help make you feel more accountable. If you have had injuries, or are prone to injury, your PT can give you some education on proper technique and form in order to keep you injury-free. So enjoy the holidays, and carry that stress-free positivity into the new year!