At this point in the holiday season, you’ve probably already done some indulging – and there’s lots more to come. Although studies show that the average holiday weight gain is only a couple of pounds, they also show that most people never end up losing them – instead they accumulate year after year. 

Here are a few ways to get through the festive season without packing on extra pounds.

How to Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays

1. Do Not Make Fitness-Related New Years Resolutions

That’s right – don’t resolve to get in shape on January 1st. All too often, people will give themselves a pass to overindulge in December because they plan on resolving to get fit as of January. Don’t do that. Instead, commit to health and fitness now. Every day is the beginning of a New Year, after all.  And yes, you can still enjoy the holidays if you do this – see #3. 

2. Make Yourself Accountable 

We are much more likely to stick to something if we have a way to hold ourselves accountable.  Tell your partner, friends and family that you’re working to stay healthy this holiday season and ask them to support you. Maybe they’ll even want to join you in your personal training and workout alongside you semi-privately. Book some extra sessions with your Nielsen Fitness trainer for the holiday period, and maybe even schedule a reassessment for early in the new year. Or commit yourself to a winter run/walk or race so you have something to train for and keep you on track. Bottom line: having support and a goal to work towards, really helps – especially when out of your regular routine, and in the face of temptation.

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Training semi-privately with a friend or family member can be an excellent way to stay accountable.

3. Find a Balance

You’ve heard it before, and it’s true: life is all about balance. If you know your office Christmas party is on Saturday, get in an extra-long workout the morning of. When you eat healthy foods and exercise most of the time, the occasional treat is not going to derail your progress.  Savour it, and don’t beat yourself up!  What you do want to avoid is eating and drinking unhealthy things without enjoying them, or just because they’re there, which is what most of us do at holiday get-togethers.

Keeping Accountable

One of the best ways to stay committed to your workouts – even during the holidays – is to workout with a personal trainer. Your trainer will help you keep you accountable and committed to your workouts, even during busy times.

Get in touch with us today if you’d like to make your health a priority. We have a free first workout and assessment with your name on it.

Happy Holidays!

Originally Published December 17th, 2014