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What Happens To Your Body If You Don’t Work Out Over The Holidays

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on our sister site Livestly.com.

We’re bombarded with ads and messages telling us to burn off the extra holiday calories. Signs and promotions for gym memberships, turkey trots, and grocery stores all use this language. Exercise routines can be easily lowered during the holiday season to compensate for the extra eating, or at the very least maintained. 

No exercising to compensate for treats has made us believe treats are “bad” or “indulgent.” You won’t lose any fitness if you table your workouts over the holidays – you will get a break, rest, and relax more.

Food Doesn’t Have To Be Burned Off

Fullness is about recognizing and accepting that your body is currently satiated. We can regulate ourselves efficiently by listening to our body’s cues of hunger and fullness. Eat good healthy food when you feel hungry, not if you are bored.

Not Exercising Won’t Damage Your Fitness

Exercise reaps its benefits over months and years, not days and weeks. It is essential to take rest days to let your muscles recover and rebuild. If you miss a day or two, it won’t affect your fitness or health.

Exercise Tips For The Holidays

In the end, exercise is about health. Put your time to good use by taking care of other aspects of your health. We can boost our mood with a bit of physical activity for 10 minutes. Take a holistic view. Exercise breaks are good for our health – we can take them whenever we want.