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During the holiday season, it’s almost too easy to fall into the temptation of skipping the gym. Whether the fireplace is too warm, the weather outside is frightful, or hearty meals are calling your name, those New Year’s resolutions are starting to look like they’re going to have to happen as you reach for a cookie instead of your gym pass. But if you can’t work out as much as you’re used to, it’s still important to remember to get to the gym or squeeze in a workout whenever you can–even if it’s in the middle of all of your seasonal duties. Here are three ways to burn calories and stay fit throughout the holiday season.

Work out early in the morning. If the holidays have you running around in circles throughout the day, try making an early morning workout a priority. It might not be easy to turn yourself into an early-riser, but it’s a great way to start your day off on the right foot, with plenty of energy so that you can get all your errands done. Even if you only have 20 minutes to squeeze in a jog or some resistance training, you won’t regret making this the number one thing to do on your to-do list every morning.

Use the workout to catch up with friends. If you’re good at multitasking, you might like this one. Either way, using your workout to squeeze in some time with friends and loved ones might do the trick. Get a group of friends or a pal to go running or cycling with, or head to a group exercise class together. You could take a friend to spin class, then hit up a nearby restaurant for appetizers–healthy ones, of course. If you have a long list of errands, see if a friend wants to come along. Put on your tennis shoes and start walking! This way you can fulfill your to-do lists together while getting plenty of exercise by speed walking around a mall or nearby shopping center.

Do short, intense workouts. If you’re busy, it’s not always easy to find the time to do long workouts. This is a good time to do short, intense workouts that torch calories in a small amount of time. Try finding an effective, full-body workout that works for you, whether you come up with one yourself or find a workout on the market. Even 20 minutes can do the trick, and your to-do lists will thank you for saving the extra time. Even more importantly, though, your body will thank you for taking the time to exercise.

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.