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Staying Active During the Holidays

Dr. Amanda Hoffman, PT, DPT

Posted 11.21.2023

As we gear up for the festive season, maintaining our health and fitness often takes a back seat amidst the celebrations, tempting treats, and cozy gatherings.

However, it's possible to strike a balance between enjoying the holiday cheer and staying active for a healthier, happier you.

Here are some tips to keep you feeling fit throughout the holiday season:

5 Helpful Tips to Stay Active During the Holidays!

  • Set Realistic Goals: Establish achievable fitness goals tailored to the holiday period. Whether it's aiming for a certain number of workouts per week or maintaining a consistent routine, setting specific, realistic goals can help keep you on track.
  • Plan Ahead: With busy schedules and festivities, planning is crucial. Schedule your workouts like appointments and stick to them. Even short, intense workouts can be effective. Utilize mornings or spare moments to get moving.
  • Embrace Active Gatherings: Instead of only focusing on food-centered activities, suggest and participate in active outings with friends and family. Try ice skating, hiking, or taking a post-meal walk to balance out the indulgence.
  • Mindful Eating: Indulge in seasonal treats mindfully. Enjoy your favorite holiday foods, but maintain balance and portion control. Being mindful of what you eat can help you feel more in control and prevent overindulgence.
  • Practice Self-Compassion: Don't be too hard on yourself if you miss a workout or indulge more than planned. The holidays are a time to enjoy, relax, and recharge. Be kind to yourself and focus on overall progress rather than perfection.

Remember, staying active during the holidays isn't just about physical health; it's about feeling good mentally and emotionally too. Find activities that bring you joy and make you feel good.

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Meet the Author

Dr. Amanda Hoffman, PT, DPT is dedicated to the wellness of each and every person who walks through the door. With her knowledge, she helps health conscious individuals live their most active and fit life without the need for pills, injections or surgery. When Dr. Hoffman isn't using her magic touch to keep people as active and healthy as they can, she's attending classes and conferences to implement the most innovative practices and technologies to address her patients' needs.

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