Halloween is the kick off to the holiday season, and with that comes plenty of holiday parties, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s… Tons of fun and food will be shared with you and your loved ones.  With that in mind, we all sometimes over indulge in some of those special treats and meals.

Well, we think it’s time to put a kibosh on that trope and let’s get into a healthy workout routine now to keep yourself trim- even after your second (or third) helping of Grandmom’s  homemade lasagna.  Here are some of our favorite tips to keep fit!

 

   1. Tone Up on the Treadmill

    "Save time at the gym with this 10-minute cardio/sculpt session: Hop on a treadmill holding a three- to five-pound dumbbell in each hand, and set the speed to a brisk walk. Do a one-minute set each of shoulder presses, biceps curls, triceps extensions, side laterals, front laterals and standing triceps kickbacks one after another as you walk. I's an amazing upper-body challenge that also gets your heart pumping. Do this series two or three times each week. As you improve, work up to doing four-minute sets."

    --Michael George, trainer and owner of Integrated Motivational Fitness in Los Angeles

2. Chart Your Progress

"Stay motivated using a fitness report card. Jot down these subjects: Cardio, Muscle Conditioning, Flexibility and Attitude. Set goals (for example, doing 10 "boy" push-ups) and grade yourself A through F at least four times a year. When you see how much you improve, you'll want to stay in great shape."

--Ken Alan, Los Angeles--based personal trainer

3. Work Out During Your Workday

"Sit on a stability ball to strengthen your core, and keep dumbbells or exercise tubing at your desk. Squeeze in 12 to 15 reps of exercises like dumbbell curls, overhead presses and ab crunches; aim for two or three sets of each. This gives you more free time to fit in fun workouts like biking or tennis."

--Gregory Florez, personal trainer and CEO of Salt Lake City -- based FitAdvisor.com

4. Use the Buddy System

“Find a friend or relative whom you like and trust who also wants to establish a healthier lifestyle. Encourage one another. Exercise together. Use this as an opportunity to enjoy one another's company and to strengthen the relationship.”

--Kara Thompson, spokesperson for the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA)

5. Give Yourself a Break

"You don't have to be a fitness saint to get results. Follow the 80/20 plan: Eighty percent of the year, you'll exercise regularly and eat well. Know that you'll slip 20 percent of the time due to holidays and work deadlines. When you accept that fitness isn't an all-or-nothing proposition, you're more likely to stick with it for life."

--Maureen Wilson, owner/personal trainer/instructor, Sweat Co. Studios, Vancouver, B.C.

6. Be Patient

“Remember that even if you follow all these tips, there will be ups and downs, setbacks and victories, Just be patient, and don't give up. Hang in there, and you'll see solid results."

--Tennis star Martina Navratilova, health and fitness ambassador for the AARP