This time of year can bring a lot of joy and fun. Many of us get together with friends and family and enjoy each other’s company over the many holiday treats that are so common. While it’s a great time, there’s no question that sometimes we can find our diet and fitness goals challenged. It’s easy for one dessert to turn into one more, and sometimes the holiday party cuts into exercise time. 

Are you looking for tips to enjoy the year’s festivities while keeping your health and wellness priorities at the forefront? We’ve got a few strategies below to help you maintain the momentum that will keep you in view of your goals without being a grinch. 

1. Enjoy the Sweets and Treats In Moderation

Cookies, candies, baked goodies, and all that stuff is out in full force. The fruit, sure. That’s an easy pass. But plenty of other options are mighty tempting. While most of the talk about gaining five to ten pounds over the holidays is a myth, one or two pounds is actually pretty realistic. If you want to avoid it and keep the new year’s resolutions to a minimum, enjoy the holiday treats in moderation. Just a few bites can be a satisfying serving size if you take a moment to savor the flavor.

2. Remain Consistent With Your Exercise Routines

Data shows that the holiday season is the most social of the year. We get together with family, friends, coworkers, and more, and often more than once. With all that going on, it is easy to skip a workout here or there. If you do find yourself unable to do your regularly scheduled workout, reschedule it and hold yourself to it. It may require some juggling, but you will be glad you didn’t slow down.

3. Workout With Friends, In a Group, Or With a Trainer

If you want to set yourself up for success in your physical fitness efforts, research shows that one of the best ways to achieve your goals is to work out with a group. There are a ton of motivational benefits that come from exercising with others. It can be a lot of fun and a great facility like the McKendree MetroRecPlex will create environments where everyone feels comfortable and welcome. 

Reach Your Goals With Us At the McKendree McKendree MetroRecPlex 

Maintain your health and wellness with us at the McKendree MetroRecPlex. We offer a full-service, state-of-the-art sports complex in O’Fallon, Illinois with ice rinks, an aquatic center fit, a state-of-the-art cardio and weight areas with treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, stair climbers, and more so that you can achieve the highest level of fitness you desire. 

Get as involved as you want. Our personal trainers are available for one-on-one consultations to create a plan focused on your specific fitness goals. We also offer a wide variety of instructor-led fitness classes as an encouraging and safe environment for participants of any skill level. 

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