3 ways to stay active during the holidays

By Amy Begley, Atlanta Track Club head coach

The holidays are approaching quickly, and all of the festivity can make it hard to stick to your regular fitness routine. Holiday parties, family gatherings and shopping can take up a lot of your time, but there are some simple things you can do to make sure you don’t neglect your health.

Get Up and At ‘Em

It can be tough to stick to your planned evening run or walk if you get a last-minute invite, so pick a time of day when you know nothing else will get in the way of your scheduled workout. Many people find success by working out first thing in the morning.



Incorporate Activity into Holiday Fun

Holiday fun and physical activities don’t have to be two separate things. If you get a little creative, you can keep moving while you enjoy the season.

While you’re out shopping for holiday gifts or food to feed your guests, park at the back of the parking lot to force yourself to take a few extra steps. Better yet, walk or bike to the store or mall. As you select holiday light displays, choose one that you have to walk through instead of a driving tour. You can even create your own personal light show by walking through your neighborhood and checking out the decorations on nearby houses.

Find a Holiday Run or Walk

Signing up for a holiday-themed race is a great way to focus on a specific goal and keep you motivated while staying in the spirit of the season. There are many races that celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s including Atlanta Track Club’s Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon. If you’re not up for 13.1 miles, don’t worry! This event has a distance for everyone including a 5K, one mile and 50m dash.

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Traditional pumpkin spice drinks can be filled with unnecessary calories and overloaded with artificial ingredients.

Enjoy this healthy pumpkin spice smoothie alternative while snuggling in some blankets by a fire, reading a good book, carving a pumpkin or simply watching the leaves change into those beautiful fall colors.

Mannatech’s Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Ingredients (Serves 4)

•         4 frozen bananas

•         3/4 cup of pumpkin puree (organic)

•         2 tsp Pumpkin Spice ( 1tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves)

•         2 tsp vanilla

•         2-2 1/2 cup almond milk (more or less)


Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Add as much almond milk as you need to reach a smooth and creamy consistency. Pour into four glasses and enjoy!

(Source: Mannatech)

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According to The Vegetarian Times, about 7.3 million Americans are vegetarians. Why so many? There are a ton of reasons to go vegetarian, and not all of them are purely ethical. Here are a few hard facts about how vegetarianism can be good for our bodies – and for Mother Earth!

  • 75 percent of our topsoil has been depleted primarily due to growing animals to feed people.
  • It takes over 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef versus the 49 gallons it takes to produce a pound of apples.

Food for thought? (Source: Huffington Post/Catskill Animal Sanctuary)

Details: tammystokeslifestyle.com 

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Bubble tea may have been created in Taiwan, but has become an international sensation. London-based Bubbleology is bringing its popular authentic bubble tea across the pond. Flagship cafés are set to open at Lenox Square and the Mall of Georgia later this month.  The cafés will offer 12 milks teas and 10 fruit teas that can be combined to create your own one of a kind concoction crafted by specially trained “bubbleologist.”

Details: bubbleologusa.com 

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A new way to remove hair? Tell us more, Judy van Heiningen, owner of Facelogic Spa. Nufree, a treatment developed over 25 years ago to help plastic surgeons remove hair from a patient prior to surgery. Here are just a few reasons why Nufree is a different and effective hair removal treatment:

• Nufree is NOT A WAX and never sticks to the skin.

• Nufree is self-preserving antibacterial/ antimicrobial so its safe, clean and germ free.

• Nufree is completely BOTANICAL and safe for the entire body.

• Nufree is scientifically tested and uses no animal products

Details: Facelogic Spa.com 

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dtox black magicWhat can a little black magic do for you? The healing benefits of The Black Magic Juice can range from beautiful, clear skin to better digestion. D-tox owner Shannon Slinger advises, “If you don’t have time for a D-tox Box or a 7 day Liver Cleanse and need a serious detox, Black Magic is your juice.”

The Black Magic juice at Dtox includes activated charcoal, bentonite clay, alkaline water, lemon and maple syrup. The clay also has a magnetic pull to toxins like heavy metals, impurities and chemicals and helps move them out of the body.

Details: Dtoxjuice.com. Available at 3 locations: Dtox Buckhead: 3210 Roswell Rd, Dtox Flywheel: 102 West Paces Ferry Rd, Dtox Piedmont Park: 1531 Piedmont Ave

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roberta roller rabbit

Travel-inspired, elegantly patterned (and named after a children’s tale starring a magical rabbit) the Roberta Roller Rabbit brand carries textiles of all kinds. Everything from duvet covers, to tunics, gifts, and accessories all with whimsical patterns and bright colors. Owner Roberta Freymann handpicks and works with designers all over the world to create the brand’s custom pieces. The brand will soon open an Atlanta flagship store (with a unique theme that reflects the store’s architecture) in the Westside Provisions District location.

Details: 1198 Howell Mill Road, Building B, Suite 400, robertarollerrabbit.com

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yoga and a cause

There’s a new yoga studio on the scene. Westside Yoga offers classes that will leave everyone from experienced yogis to total beginners feeling empowered, energized, strong and balanced. On Wednesday nights, they feature a Community Yoga class, where every donation received goes towards the studio’s mission to build a well to provide clean drinking water to a community in need, through their partner Charity Water. 

Details: 1891 Howell Mill Road, Ste. Atlanta, GA, westsideyoga.net

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The perks of the living in a big city are endless, especially when it comes to the latest launches. Transportation company and rideshare app Uber, which redefined taxi service in the 21st century, is now redefining the meaning of food delivery with UberEATS. UberEATS is simple. Open the app, enter the location delivery, browse featured dishes from the best local restaurants nearby, then follow the meal on its way to you, all with the apps signature quick cash-free system.

Details: ubereats.com

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Fitness expert Madison James shares her healthy lifestyle on the go pick of the month.

Hey ladies! Who’s a fan of burning calories, while going about your everyday life? I know I’m a fan! My go to secret is…my weight vest.  I often get emails and inquires about my what I’m wearing on social media. I love to put on my weight vest to while training, walking the dogs, even running errands on the weekend. Adding the weight vest allows me to add resistance training to regular everyday task.  I stumble on the sleek weight vest while shopping in Walmart a few years back. Unlike other weight vest on the market, this one is very sleek and not bulking while still packing 12-15lbs. This is great for the moderate to advance fitness levels. The Tone Fitness Vest is just under 40 bucks and you can find it at Walmart.

Details: www.walmart.com

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