Even if you plan to work out later in the day, exercises such as jumping jacks, mountain climbers, push-ups, high knees in place and other high-energy moves will spike your heart rate as well as your metabolism, helping you burn 20 percent more calories throughout the day.
If you're a runner, start lifting, and if you're a lifter, start running. If you haven't been in the gym in years, get yourself in there! This change in routine will force your body to adapt to a new stimulus, thus promoting a higher calorie burn.
People tend to do three sets of an exercise, so adding a fourth will completely shock your body and burn more calories during the much-needed time of the holidays. Bonus: If you keep your diet intact, you'll actually be even more fit this holiday season.
Instead of sticking to the kitchen to bake holiday cookies, use your free time to swim, play tennis (indoors, of course), play basketball, take salsa classes -- basically anything that will spike your heart rate and burn some calories.
It's harder to slack off when someone else is also working out. And both of you will be more accountable to get a workout in when you're feeling lazy. A fitness friend can also help you stick to those New Year's resolutions.
As the Boy Scout motto states, be prepared -- that's half the battle. If you go into the holiday months knowing you'll be doing a bit of indulging and that you'll have to up your fitness game accordingly, you'll have a master plan at the ready. Don't let the holidays get the best of you, when you can enjoy life and still get the best out of the holiday season.
With all the parties and dinners during the holidays, sticking to your diet can be a daunting challenge. But it's possible to survive the holidays without starving yourself.
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