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What fitness routines can I do to stay in shape during the holidays?

Holiday fitness goals can be achieved through a combination of two types of exercise: resistance training in the form of brief (30 minutes or less) full-body, circuit-based routines, and sessions of your choice of yoga, Pilates, barre or other comparable restorative activity. If your schedule doesn’t allow for a gym commute (or if you don’t have a health club membership for any other reason), no problem, since you can do all of those at home.

Resistance training has been shown in countless research studies, as well as through anecdotal reports for decades, to not only make the body stronger but to enhance fat loss and even cardiovascular function, particularly when performed in fast-paced circuit fashion.

The exercises employed should provide maximum “bang for your buck” to promote stronger muscles and a faster metabolism that will have you burning calories around the clock. This means, of course, that you’ll be able to get away with the occasional holiday cheat meal at work and family gatherings.

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