The holiday season can be a very trying time for those of us who are either trying to get fit or hold onto the progress we’ve been making through 2014.

Thankfully, we have six handy tips that should hopefully help you to make it through the festive period without going up too many notches on your belt!

Eat Your Veggies

The most important thing you can do in the face of untold tasty treats is to make sure that even if you do indulge a little you’re still getting in all of the nutrition your body is used to receiving.

Be sure to make an effort to eat all of the vegetables and lean meats like turkey on your plate before diving into the fatty snacks and processed carbohydrate goodies.

Not only does this help to keep your nutrition more or less on top form but it will always keep you feeling fuller with fibrous veggies so that you end up eating less junk.

Stick to Your Routine

The importance of a solid routine in fitness and life in general cannot be denied, and it can serve as an anchor during the Christmas period to prevent you from veering too far off course.

Make a concerted effort not to skip a single workout, and if you are eating some naughty extras then remember that you’ll have even more energy to fuel those weights sessions and smash through previous strength plateaus.

Even if you manage to burn much fat you should have no problem adding some extra muscle!

Stay Strong in the Face of Peer Pressure

Work parties; family dinners; social gatherings; the invitations seem to be endless at this time of year, and the amount of food and alcohol involved can make it especially challenging.

No one wants to be ‘that guy’ sitting in the corner eating chicken breast and broccoli but choosing your battles wisely and learning to say ‘no’ from time to time will go a long way to ensuring your success not just at Christmas but in the long term.

Set Realistic Expectations

There are going to be times when your willpower falters and you indulge; this is all part of the festive period and there’s no need to beat yourself up over it.

Don’t go making excuses for turning into an absolute pig and undoing all of your hard work, but by the same token you should set fair and realistic expectations of yourself and those around you so that you can…

…have fun!

Christmas is about getting together with your friends and family and having a great time, so remember this first and foremost.

Making lasting positive memories with your loved ones will be more valuable in the long-term than the pride you’ll feel from turning down that pecan pie so don’t be afraid to let your hair down and relax, even if it is just for one day!