By Antoinette Modrok

The holidays are here, and that means parties and get-togethers, which generally means eating and drinking all of those yummy holiday treats and drinks. But instead of having to make that New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get in shape, why not start now? Building healthy habits does not have to be an all or nothing since it is a continual process and not an event. Embrace it, commit to making small incremental improvements, find inspiration and don’t be afraid to exercise, no matter how long it takes. Here are some tips to help, and if there are indulgences, just get right back on track. Enjoy a happy, healthy holiday season and make a New Year’s resolution to stay with it.

If attending a holiday party at night with not-so-healthy foods to be served, eat healthy and low-calorie foods during the day to balance out caloric intake while still getting daily nutrients. Make substitutions such as using skim milk and mashing cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. Serve steamed green beans instead of a green bean casserole. Although it is perfectly fine to raise a glass for a holiday toast, it is important not to consume excessive calories through beverages. Drinks such as eggnog, hot chocolate and apple cider have empty calories and high sugar content. Also, remember that water is always the best option to keep hydrated and energized. Keep up a normal exercise routine such as talking a walk with family or friends to catch up. Another way is to complete shorter and higher intensity workouts such as 30-second sprint intervals outdoors or on the treadmill for 15 minutes, or complete three sets of squats, push-ups and sit-ups at home.

Call Symmetry In Motion Pilates & Wellness to join the 8-week Stay in Shape Through the Holidays program, which includes 16 Pilates classes, four health coaching sessions and email support. Call 702.749.7117 or visit