Tips for Staying Healthy Over the Holidays

‘Tis the season when gingerbread and eggnog become more tempting than ever! Not to mention, hovering over the cheese platter at holiday parties often has you wishing you wore elastic-waist pants and not your super tight skinny jeans.


So let’s talk about how we can still enjoy the holidays without packing on the pounds. Here are three easy tips to keep in mind this season and a home workout you can do three times a week that is efficient and effective.


Tip #1: Rise, Shine … and Sweat! Schedule workouts first thing in the morning before the day gets hectic with the kids and your to-do list starts to increase. Even better – get the kids involved in a short home workout before you all start your day.


Tip #2: Eat Before The Treat. Try having a healthy meal before heading to a holiday party and that way you won’t be so tempted to binge on all the desserts and you won’t be so open to seconds on the buttery mashed potatoes. Of course, treat yourself during the holidays, but just don’t go overboard! Or you can consider bringing a healthier version of a traditional dish, like mashed sweet potatoes versus the traditional buttery mash!


Tips #3: Sleep More & Stress Less. We all know stress can make us hold water and can easily make us a few pounds heavier (no joke!). Embrace the holiday mayhem and breathe a little. Most importantly, get in those zzz’s. Without proper rest, we are undoubtedly more cranky, impatient and way more likely to binge on extra dessert.


Now for the fun stuff! Here’s a 15-minute workout you can do in the comfort of your own home … and no equipment is required. All you need to do is make a little time to get that holiday sweat on!


Do these exercises in a circuit fashion with minimal rest between each exercise. Rest 60s at the end of each cycle. Repeat as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes.
Burpees 10
Abs Exercise of Your Choice 15-20
Jump Squats 10
Bodyweight Squats 15-20
Push-Ups (you can modify it by using your knees) 10
Plank 30s hold
Rest 60s and repeat as many rounds as possible for 15 minutes.

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For more on home workouts, check out and find out more about the 30-day challenges that run throughout the year. They are an awesome way to kick-start your fitness journey! The next No Tummy Mommy 30-Day Challenge launches January 1st


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