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Fitness Friday: Managing a Fitness Routine Over the Holidays

With Thanksgiving fast approaching it is time to think about holiday fitness.  Colder weather, traveling, and visiting relatives are a few things that can get us off track this time of year, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  I am a big fan of modifying a routine rather than relinquishing it.  Every little bit counts so even if you are too busy to stick to your regular gym routine you don’t need to throw in the towel completely.  The following are some ideas to keep your fitness in tact during the holiday season:

-Move first thing in the morning: Make movement a priority before the day’s festivities begin.  You can practice yoga as soon as you get out of bed, head out early for a walk, or choose another type of movement that leaves you feeling energized and ready for the day ahead.

-Make it a family affair: Be the change you want to see in your family!  Initiate a group walk, run around with the kids at the playground, or challenge everyone to a game of touch football.  Family time doesn’t have to be sedentary.  Sitting and talking over a cup of tea is great, but make time for connecting via movement too.

-Plan ahead: Get together family for a “Turkey Trot” or see if there are any special classes you can treat willing family members too at the gym.  Instead of closing, many gyms adopt holiday hours on and around the holidays.

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Don’t let the pic fool you, Dee was surprisingly cool with the antlers she just has RSF (resting sad face)

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