The holidays are a time to kick back, enjoy time with family and friends, and indulge in good food, good drinks, and all-around good cheer. But taking too wide of a detour from your fitness regimen could wreak havoc on more than just your gains—it can do a number on your motivation and confidence as well. 

We’re all for cheat days (in fact, they’re essential), and we’re all for loosening the restrictions when the holidays roll around, but there are ways to indulge responsibly. Before you get trapped in the mindset of “cave in now, pay later,” and have to spend the New Year making up for a month and a half of Thanksgiving get-togethers and holiday beer binges, follow these tips to playing hard while keeping your gains intact.

The Four Biggest Holiday Fitness Destroyers >>

These four innocent things are threatening to knock out your fitness progress this holiday season. Identify them and avoid them. 

Five Holiday Tips to Staying Shredded >>

Follow these simple tips to maintain your weight loss and fitness success this holiday season.

Build a Better Holiday Plate >>

Don’t sacrifice your muscle gains this holiday season. Follow these tips to piling your dinner plate with the nutritious options that’ll keep your physique on track.

Seven Holiday Nutrition Strategies >>

Need to know how to eat for growth in the coming weeks? Follow M&F’s dos and don’ts to come away from the holidays feeling (and looking) strong.

Fit for the Holidays: Training >>

Don’t let the holiday season throw a wrench into your training. These tips will help you get through with flying colors.

Holiday Fit Tips: Nutrition >>

Keep control of your nutrition during the season of many festivities.

‘Tis the Season for Muscle Growth >>

Don’t let the festivities derail your fitness progress. These nine tips will help you convert those holiday cheats into winter muscle mass.