We’ve all done it. By the time New Year’s Day rolls around, our overindulgence in holiday goodies has us making crazy-aggressive resolutions to get fit and lose weight. We then ditch those resolutions because what’s required to hit those ridiculous goals is simply not sustainable. But please don’t beat yourself up! There are better, easier ways to stay fit during the holiday season. You already know you need to eat right and exercise, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat only celery sticks and run 10 miles a day. Small and consistent daily efforts will keep your health in check.

Exercise

Starting right now, do some form of exercise every day. Ideally, you’ll want to do a mix of cardio and weight training to get the best results, but just making an extra effort to move and get your blood pumping is your daily goal. There are so many choices when it comes to exercise, so do what you enjoy most--even if it’s a simple walk. You can increase your stamina and heart health by simply turning your 20 minute walk into 30 minutes, then 40, and so on. The key is to do it daily. Soon, you may find that you’ll have enough stamina to jog a little bit during your walks. Mix it up and do some other fun cardio exercises, too. And if you include an exercise buddy, it will help keep you both accountable.

Other good ideas for cardio include:

Ideas for strength-training include:

Tips for eating right

With so many delicious goodies at hand, we know it’s very challenging to keep your calories in check during the holiday season, but here are a few tips to avoid going overboard:

So start today! Make these small efforts to eat right and enjoy all the great fitness facilities that Harbor Club has to offer, and do it every single day. Come New Year ’s Day, you’ll be glad you did.