Staying fit and healthy throughout the holiday season can be one of the biggest challenges we face all year. After gorging ourselves for Thanksgiving, we have a few weeks to return to healthy eating and workout schedules before the year's grand finale. On top of that, since the holidays are so stressful, it can be easy to over-indulge on our guilty pleasures. To make the most of the last month of the year, here are some of our tips to stay on top of your health this holiday season.

The day after Thanksgiving, I promised myself to be active every day through Christmas. Whether it is doing a fitness class, playing tennis, taking a walk, or a simple stretch, I am posting my activities online every day.  Join me on my Facebook page - Health Update with Robin Stoloff, or Instagram - Living Well with Robin Stoloff, and follow my tips. #HolidayFitnessChallenge



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    Stay Active

    The hardest thing for many of us during this time of year is finding the energy or motivation to stay in shape. As the nights come earlier, it can be more challenging for us to fight through the dark. Whether you go to the gym or work out at home, the early nights can make it daunting to stay active. One great way to combat this is to get physical activity during the mornings or lunch breaks. Also, it does not have to be a formal workout; raking leaves, taking a walk, or playing with kids all count as physical activity.

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    Monitor Guilty Pleasures

    When we spend a great deal of time with our families can be about as difficult as anything else during the holiday season. Of course, there will be lots of chances to take part in festivities, whether that includes some adult beverages or smoking. It can be tempting to take the edge off by indulging, but by taking responsibility, you can lessen the impact you can have on your health. Through moderation or substitution, you can improve how you feel throughout the season by avoiding overindulging.

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    Get Good Quality Sleep

    The holiday season is loaded with opportunities for parties and entertainment. While many of us are on vacation or holiday from work, it allows for many different celebrations with friends and family. Throughout the season, we must account for one of the important processes of all, sleep. By making sure we are getting enough rest, it allows our body to recover physically, and our mind mentally. On top of that, it can help regulate our metabolism.

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