12/15/2011 08:27 am ET Updated Feb 14, 2012

Exercise and Holidays: 10 Ways To Stay Healthy And Fit

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.

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!