Your Holiday Fitness Survival Guide

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s the most wonderful time of year, but for many that means a few extra inches around your waist. Thankfully, CT Style Reporter Meghan Yost recently went to Edge Fitness to get some tips on staying in shape throughout the holidays.

For many, the holidays are a time for sweets, treats and getting cozy by the fire. But Edge Fitness trainer Lindsay Boyles says there’s no better time than now to keep up with your fitness routine.

“It’s so important to keep working out and stay active during the holidays because once you put on 15, 20 pounds after the holidays, what are the odds you’ll take that off?” Boyles asked.

Boyles has a few tips on staying fit throughout the holiday season. Tip number one: Set a goal to do something active every day.

“It’s super simple to be active every day,” she explained. “Take the stairs up to work every day instead of taking the elevator. Park a little farther from the store, or just go on a little walk during your lunch break.”

Boyles’ tip number two for staying in shape during the holidays is to make your workout count.

“A lot of people are busy during the holiday season,” she said. “Work is different. You’re working more hours. You have gifts to buy for Christmas. Even if you can get here for 30 minutes and make it count. That’s all you need.”

To get the best workout possible, Boyles recommends doing a high intensity training or HIT class.

“HIT classes burn fat a lot quicker than if you to just go on the treadmill for 30 minutes,” she explained.

The third tip for keeping fit this holiday season is to buddy up.

“It can be your family member, it can be your coworker, your best friend, but get a buddy,” Boyles said. “It’s so easy to fail for yourself but you don’t want to fail for your buddy.”

Tip number four is to start a fitness tradition.

“One of my coworkers came up with the idea of doing 25 days of burpees,” Boyles said.

Or stay motivated by signing up for a turkey trot or jingle jog.

“5ks are three miles so it’s very achievable for you to do and you can walk or you can run,” she said.

Last but not least, Boyles says this time of year there’s nothing more important than being a kid.

“So that can be sledding with your kids or having a snowball fight or just going outside and getting that fresh air with your family,” she explained.

For more information about The Edge Fitness Clubs, visit

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