In many parts of the world, the weather outside is frightful, the days are most definitely dark and dreary and short, and the smell of fresh-baked cookies are wafting through warm and cozy homes. Feasts have already begun, full of creamy, heavy foods eaten in overabundance.

While it’s no fun to be the salad person while ordering out with friends, it is even less fun to be the person passing up all the goodies at the parties.

“Everything in moderation” as the adage goes. But with the social pressure to eat and sit around, it can be difficult to not overinduldge.

Bear in mind that while the New Year is coming—the ultimate “I’ll start on Monday”—you have had a goal for a while now. You are working towards a better you NOW. And that better you is not going to come from sugar-laden treats and being wrapped up in a blanket on the couch.

Athletes make it a point to get in their training. Gyms abound, and if money for them doesn’t, there’s a whole slew of exercises you can do in the warmth of your own home (Home Exercise site…standard push-ups, wide push-ups, triceps push-ups, incline push-ups, decline push-ups, staggered push-ups, one-armed push-ups, un-blanaced push-ups, dips, narrow squats, standard squats, wide squats, sumo squats, sissy squats, front lunges, stationary lunges, reverse lunges, side lunges, curtsy lunges, walking lunges, jumping jacks, mountain climbers…)

Take advantage of your time with family and friends. Pull a kid in a sled. Go for a walk in the woods—the snow provides great resistance, and the hibernating world really does look more beautiful coated in glistening white. Go sledding—those hills are great for your glutes! Build a snowman. Have a snowball fight.

Be wise with your treat choices, but if you do find yourself being human and having one too many, head outdoors and burn it off the fun way. You don’t want to head into the New Year with more work to do, so get a head-start on your resolutions now!

Merry Christmas!

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