Published: Nov 29, 2013 8:02 AM EST
Updated: Nov 29, 2013 10:04 AM EST

As we enter the holiday season, many of us stress out about gaining excess weight, but there are many ways to beat the battle of the bulge and even improve your fitness level before the New Year rolls around. Taking immediate action to lose that excess weight is not only fantastic for your figure, but healthy for your body, too. Don't wait until January 1st to set your New Year's Resolution; set it today. You only live once, so enjoy what you love in moderation. Stay active, even if it is not your normal routine, you will maintain or progress even during this time of year.
Post Feast Recovery Tips
Drink Plenty Of Water: Many times we will overeat because we are dehydrated and thirsty. Therefore, make sure that your water intake is adequate. Drinking plenty of water will help your body digest and eliminate toxins and waste!
Don't Keep "Danger" Foods Around: We all have some food that will trigger a binge, so try to keep this food out of the house. My leftover rule on Thanksgiving is that I can indulge on the Holiday, but then enjoy only lean meats or vegetables for leftovers like Turkey and Corn, no bringing the whole pie home!
Eat well the day after and do not starve yourself. Eating your normal meals a day the days after is important as it ensures consistency and regularity in your body's digestion. A tip is to have a healthy breakfast containing fiber. Great options include oatmeal, high fiber cereals and whole breads and fruits.
Start a healthy habit: The longer you wait after the holidays to develop a plan to get moving the more likely that weight is going to stick around. Make a plan or find a program with a specific schedule that will keep you on track for at least four weeks to develop a healthy new exercising habit.
STEP 1: The Post-Meal Workout. Rebound after your big meal by completing a simple workout. Create a calorie deficit by exercising to burn off that turkey and mashed potatoes.
1-MIN WARM UP: Start with a toe touch, drop into squat, and stand back up. Then, try some "Tie-Your-Shoe-Lunges" Do the following for 15 secs each, no rest in between. Repeat twice.
• Jog in Place (or Bounce)
• High knees (or March)
• Side Shuffle (or Side Steps)
STEP 2: Do the following for 30 seconds each exercise. After finishing all of the exercises, rest 2 minutes and then repeat again!
• Jumping Jacks (Low Impact Option-Step Out)
• Squats/Squat Jumps (Low Impact Option - Chair Sits)
• Mt Climbers Start at a jogging pace, work up to a running pace.
• Squat, Walk hands out, Pushup, Stand back up (or hold Plank)