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How to stick with your fitness routine during the holidays

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You're busy with work. You've got holiday shopping to do. It's freezing outside.

There are plenty of excuses to skip your workout, but don't even think about it! I certainly recognize that this is a difficult time of year to maintain a healthy diet and your BMAX or exercise program, but it's not worth abandoning all that. If you do, you could start to feel stressed – and that's not how you want to kick off 2015. Instead, let's make it our goal to enter the New Year already looking good and feeling great. Follow these tips and you'll be one step ahead of all the resolution-makers out there by the time January 1 rolls around.

  1. Make fitness a priority rather than trying to squeeze it in. Schedule things out, building your day around that Zumba class you love or the 30 minute BMAX workout you need to get done (yes, half hour is all you need).
  1. Whether or not you already have a well-established exercise routine, set notification reminders on your smartphone. This way, if a last minute holiday distraction comes up, you won't forget about your original plan and the commitment you've made to being active.
  1. Don't only meet expectations, exceed them! We tend to eat more this time of year thanks to all the festivities, so workouts are even more important. Add an extra session into your schedule to combat all the food and drink you're consuming.

And remember, while these tips will make a difference physically, the number one objective is to live a healthy lifestyle in general. After all, your health is your wealth!

Have a fitness question you'd like to see answered here? Send it to lifestyle@patriots.com

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