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Don’t Put Your Fitness Goals On Hold Until “After The Holidays”

With the holidays around the corner, the number one phrase I hear as a personal trainer is “after the holidays.”

“I want to lose those last 10 pounds…but I’ll get started after the holidays.”

“I want to see more muscle definition in my upper body, but with the holidays it’s just too hard.”

“Oh, it’s the holidays, so I’m just trying to maintain.”

Trust me, I get it. The holidays are busy. Hectic. Stressful, even! But if you let your fitness fall by the wayside during the holidays, when January 2018 rolls around you will be further from your goal than before. So, stressful schedule aside, how does one stay on track even with the holidays in full swing? Here are a few tips:

1. Pack some resistance bands and workout clothes in your suitcase.

If you have your shoes and a few pieces of equipment, it makes it easy to do a workout at home!

2. Have healthy snacks on hand while traveling

Some of my go-to travel snacks include RX Bars, Kind Bars, unsweetened dried fruit and apple slices or a banana.

3. If you’re heading home for the holidays, check out local studios.

My sisters and I always try to scope out new gyms in our hometown every year. Last year we got a great introductory deal at a bootcamp gym! A lot of studios will offer free classes during the week of Thanksgiving, so make workout dates a thing when catching up with old friends!

4. Sign up for your local turkey trot!

Let’s be real: the food consumption on Thanksgiving will be intense, so start your day with an active family friendly activity. Most local turkey trots offer 5K and 10K distances.

Related: Hot To Turkey Trot

5. When it comes to food and beverage, try to find healthy swaps.

If you really love those mashed potatoes, enjoy them–but maybe cut back on the bread! If you loveeeee that pumpkin pie with ice cream, skip the extra serving of macaroni and cheese.

At the end of the day, the holidays are a time to enjoy catching up with friends and family. There is no need to go crazy with cutbacks and not enjoy the special occasions. But with these tips in mind, you will be that much closer to your goals come January 1. For more fitness tips, healthy food suggestions and more, stay up to date with my Instagram and Facebook pages.


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Laura Macchiavelli

Laura Macchiavelli

Laura Macchiavelli (Lau) is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and overall health junkie. A graduate from California Polytechnic State University with a degree in business administration, Laura fell in love with fitness during her second year at school and hasn’t looked back since. After getting certified through Schwinn for Indoor Cycling, Laura found a passion for helping others reach their fitness goals and decided to take a leap of faith by getting her ACE Personal Training Certification. When she isn’t helping others tap into the confidence and strength they have within, Laura can be found finding new ways to push herself on her own fitness journey. Her favorite workouts include Orangetheory Fitness, indoor cycling classes, interval running (hill sprints anyone?) and bootcamp classes! When she’s not working up a sweat, you can find Laura in the kitchen finding ways to make meals that are delicious and nutritious. Can’t get enough of Laura? Stay up to date with her on Instagram and Facebook.