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Exercise and Holidays: 10 Ways To Stay Healthy And Fit

Posted: 12/15/11 08:27 AM ET

It's the most wonderful time of the year for some, but for others it's a time of stress. Whether you're worried about spending too much money or trying to keep up with your holiday commitments, the stress of the holidays can make you feel anything but merry.

We've made it through Thanksgiving, and as we approach the meat of the holiday season (hopefully not with tighter jeans), there are still plenty of temptations to come. Whether it's that merciless bake-happy co-worker, too many party invitations, or that mother-in-law who has never heard of fruit, even the most motivated and active person struggles with exercise lapses. Here are some tips to stay the course and come out ahead.

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Setting realistic goals will keep you motivated. A temporarily hectic schedule can make it harder to hit the gym or find the time to exercise. Instead of giving up altogether, plan to work out at least two days per week during the holiday season. Under-promise and over-deliver -- if you end up working out four times, even better.

Flickr photo by Andrew Hyde

We still have a few weeks of busy obligations and delicious, tempting foods ahead of us. Self-control and hard work does not mean self-deprivation. You can celebrate responsibly by being mindful and accountable. Good luck!