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Fine-tune Your Holiday Fitness Program

Although some like to over-indulge during the holidays, there is no reason to let the pies, candies and red meats get the best of you. Optimizing your workouts to deal with new eating habits and changes in the weather is key for keeping the calories off. Look to these suggestions for help, and adjust your routines accordingly.

Setting up a home gym is an easy way to get a quick workout in while the relatives are in town. Shopping, traveling and community events also have the power to fill-up your schedule making fast workouts helpful. For a home gym, you don’t need expensive equipment or a paid personal trainer. Home gym equipment includes items such as dumbbells, a pull-up bar and a mat for sit-ups. Putting in 30 minutes at home allows you to save valuable time and counteract big meals effectively.

Los Angeles does not experience the extreme wind chills seen in the mid-west, but it definitely gets a little colder during the winter months. If you are going to run outside, it is important to take the proper precautions. Otherwise, it is advisable to switch over to an indoor gym for your running regimen. Cardio is an effective way to shed pounds, and adjusting your routine to match the season is prudent.

The Mayo Clinic offers tips for staying safe while exercising outdoors during the winter:

Dress in layers

  • Protect your hands and feet
  • Choose appropriate gear
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Remember sunscreen

There is no reason to let the holiday season get the best of you and your physique. It is fun to splurge a little, just remember to adjust your workout routine accordingly.