2016 flew by—and 2017 will be making it’s debut very soon. So, if you want to make the last month of the year “a December to remember,” then these holiday hacks are just for you. Get ready to attend every holiday party with a stress free RSVP all while jump starting your New Year’s resolution with these quick and easy tips.

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Ditch Your Diet

Since the holidays only come once a year, it may be tempting to jumpstart your resolution with a diet a more manageable and realistic goal would be to to indulge without binging. By forbidding all things peppermint, gingerbread, eggnog etc. you’re actually welcoming more cravings and food fixations. However, by allowing yourself portion controlled treats you’ll be giving yourself the gift of self control—and that’s certainly a gift that keeps on giving. I suggest having a “Sweet Saturday” or “Flavorful Friday” once a week. In fact, research shows that indulging in reasonably sized treats encourages you to find pleasure in meal time again. Plus, that pleasure will help ensure you don’t feel the need to go overboard in the future.

Remake The Flavors

Speaking of indulging in moderation, one way to enjoy the season’s flavors sans guilt is to blend it in—literally. I have been putting my Omega blender to some serious work this holiday season and you can too. My favorite way to sip in season is to remake my pre and post workout protein shakes. For instance, I’ll throw a crushed peppermint candy cane in my strawberry shake for a minty treat. Or, I’ll substitute a light eggnog for my typical almond milk in my vanilla shake for a festive holiday smoothie. My all time favorite is bananas, vanilla milk alternative (soy, almond, cashew etc.) and a scoop of the Vanilla Chai Vega One Nutritional Shake. This plant based protein powder is so tasty you will definitely forget it’s healthy.

Be Merry & Sweaty

1971Now that you’re sipping in season, it’s time to keep it merry and sweaty with fun and effective workouts. However tis’ not the time to be sweating on auto-pilot. Those low intensity workouts are not the business this time of the year when you’re trying to maintain and not gain. Do yourself a solid and hit up some HIIT training. Short for high intensity interval training, this approach to sweat is all the craze simply because not only does it rev up your metabolism, if done correctly, it can also cut your workouts in half. That’s right, less time and more results. The key however is to go hard (think breathless) for short bursts and immediately chase those moments with a short rest. Any split ratio is welcomed, so go all out for say 40 seconds and then rest for 20. Repeat this as many times as you can without compromising your form and the after-burn is guaranteed. Basically, you’ll be burning calories well after you leave the gym. Think to the tune of at least 24 hours after. So yeah, that holiday party on Saturday deserves a HIIT session on Friday.

 

Pregame Before Holiday Parties

Looking for a stress-free RSVP? Well you may want to start pre-gaming. Before you head out the door in your and sequins and satin, make sure you have a light snack and plenty of water. Showing up to festivities on “E” is a sure way to overeat and drink, so slash calories, socialize more and party until your hearts content with a little holiday party pregame. I typically go for the things that most likely won’t be in attendance at the festivities – vegetables and lean protein. By simply having a leafy green based salad topped with chicken and a tall glass of seltzer on the side I feel satisfied but not full and properly hydrated. Try it and see how much less grub and bubbly you’ll need to have in order to have a good time.

Reevaluate & Rejuvenate

With December being the final month of the year now is a good time to reevaluate in order to rejuvenate for the new year ahead. I am not one to make extravagant resolutions (more on that soon) however I do find it helpful to spend a significant amount of time in this twelfth month reflecting on the highs and lows of the previous eleven. By evaluating past experiences month by month I find that I am better equipped to create new more achievable goals the next year. For example if I fell off on my fitness routine in February when the snowfall was high I’ll be sure to fall into a fresh and fun at home regimen that will keep me on track this year. Trust me, making these little many changes can make a big difference, so take some time to remember this December.

 

robRobbie Ann Darby is a Texas-born, California-raised actress and dancer-turned-fitness expert. She has over 10 years of experience in the fitness and wellness industries and currently resides in New York City. Be sure to follow her fun and sweaty life on Twitter, Facebookand Instagram for more RAD tips!