How Celebs Stay Fit (and Sane) During the Holidays

Hydrate yourself.
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Stars are just like us. In the height of the holiday season, they too are surrounded by delectable goodies and enticed by sloth-like moments (okay, days). But because their jobs usually require them to remain camera-ready at all times, they know how to sneak in easy fitness and health tricks so that the plethora of boozy drinks and snacks don't add to that all-too-common holiday weight gain. 

Curious on how they do it? Here's how some of the busiest celebs around make the holidays more sweaty than sweet. 

Find Five Minutes to Exercise 

“I am a believer in being able to enjoy and try everything,” Hilaria Baldwin recently told US Magazine. “But also staying active every single day.”

The yoga teacher and mom of four swears by her "found moments" that she shares on her Instagram. "Being a busy mom I don’t always have time to go to the gym for a full hour. So I will do, you know, five minutes here and two minutes there and three minutes later.” Every little bit adds up."

Some of Baldwin's favorite moves include holding planks, which tightens and strengthens your core, legs, and shoulders, and leg lefts, which helps tone the hips and glutes. 

Work Out With a Friend

If you need help with sticking to your fitness routine, then the holiday season is perfect for recruiting a workout buddy. 

Personal trainer Carlos Leon, who works with Madonna, Ryan Seacrest, and Salma Hayek, told Greatist, "Having someone else to answer to (even if it's your trainer) during this time of year keeps you both accountable."

Having a workout buddy not only keeps you accountable for your workout schedule but it also makes exercising fun and motivating. If you don't feel like working out, chances are your friend will rally you out of your pajamas and into your sneakers. 

Hydrate Yourself 

Fashion designer Rachel Zoe has one simple trick: drinking more water. 

"Honestly, I try to drink a lot of water. Like, probably not enough,” she told US Magazine. “I’m always on the go, so I try to remember to hydrate. It’s important — more important than you think.”

If there's anything you should remember it's to hydrate yourself this holiday season. Not only does holiday stress cause us to be dehydrated (flight-or-fight mode causes our hearts to beat more, and expel more sweat) but filling up on water before a big event can help us feel more satiated. Finish off a bottle or two of water before a Christmas party where you know there will be tons of sugary sweets, and you'll be less likely to overindulge. 

Keep It in Perspective

While honoring your health is important, so is taking the time to be with your family and friends. 

“I really am just such a strong believer in moderation,” Busy Phillips told US. "And you know, my body doesn't define me as a person, so [the holidays] are not particularly something that I feel I need to make adjustments for.”

Adding, “The most important thing that people focus on during the holidays is spending time with their families and loved ones and reflecting on the year to come, how they can give back and what the true holiday spirit is all about.”

So even if you do fall off the wagon during the holiday season, if it means that you're creating life-long memories with your inner circle, then that's worth the few extra pounds. Besides, there's always that New Year fitness resolution to tend to soon enough. 

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