The holidays are just around the corner, which means there are going to be endless cocktails, homemade pies, and long dinners that last well into the night. It can be a struggle to maintain your level of fitness and stay healthy with all the festivities going on.
That's why POPSUGAR spoke to celebrity trainer Michael Blauner, who has worked with Victoria's Secret model Rachel Hilbert, and he gave some pretty useful tips for staying in shape during this busy time of year.
When Michael works with this VS Angel, who was both blessed with supermodel genes and works hard to keep her physique, he makes sure he mixes up the workouts to keep her body guessing. But staying healthy isn't all about working out; it's about eating well and having the right mindset.
Which is exactly why Michael gives this advice for getting through the holidays: "Stay focused, use visualization, keeping your ideal feeling and thoughts of self, to stay on track." Positive thought goes a long, long way when you're trying to lose weight or just maintain your health, and Michael recommends tapping into that power. "Create a positive mantra to repeat to yourself that keeps you on track," he told POPSUGAR.
"But remember, it's totally cool to indulge — it's the holidays after all!" Michael said. "You may eat and drink more during the holidays, and if so, push yourself harder and a little longer during your workouts." Although it's much easier, especially during this time of year, to eat more calories than you burn, that doesn't mean you won't get any benefit from sticking to your fitness routine.
Enjoy yourself, but "put in the extra time at the gym to stay on top of your game," Michael suggested.