The holidays can be a crazy time of the year, and unfortunately, it can also be a time where health and nutrition take a back seat. We understand that fun with family and hectic schedules can make it easy to fall into a trap and lose sight of your goals. That is why we are giving you tips that you can use to stay on track during the holidays and enter the New Year on the right foot!

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1. Write down your goals.  Being able to visualize your goals can be very powerful during a time filled with tempting foods. Whether your goals include running a 5k or holding plank for 10 more seconds, if you have them written down, you are more likely to accomplish them! Writing down new goals and even revisiting old goals, will give you that extra push during this busy time.

2. Keep to a schedule. We know how difficult this can be during the holidays, but it is important to schedule time for yourself and your health. Commit to doing just 15 minutes a day and it will help you avoid falling into a habit of not working out or not eating right (plus, some days you may end up going for 15+ minutes). For a quick workout you can fit into your busy schedule, try one of these here.

3. Have a game plan. If you know you will be going to a family party where your aunt will be bringing your favorite holiday treat, prepare for this by thinking about healthier alternatives that you can eat and by reflecting on your goals so you do not over-indulge. You can also bring your own holiday treat from your nutrition plan! The no bake coconut macaroons are a favorite of ours because they are quick, healthy, and can even be festive to look like little snowballs.

4. Remove the phrase “after the holidays”.  Many people start a new diet or workout routine after the New Year and use it to justify splurging on food every day during the holiday season. So what if instead of putting off your goals, you enter the New Year on a good note by sticking to them during the holidays? This will give you the strength to get through the next inevitable hurdle in your health journey such as a stressful time at work or a hectic schedule.

5. Don’t stress.  There are many things that stress people out during the holidays, which can lead to poor health choices. Make sure you give yourself time to relax, reflect back on your goals, and remember why you started in the first place. And please do not beat yourself up if you slip up! If you have a bad day with your nutrition or miss a workout, it is most important that you move on so that a bad day does not become a bad habit!

Remember, we are always here for you! You can always reach out to us @fairburnitoff and use hashtags like #fairburnitoff and #FIOteam so we can find and support you! We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!

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