For most Americans, December is the time of year to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Thanksgiving might be in the rearview mirror, but December brings with it many other reasons to celebrate. And as we all know, where there’s celebration there’s often food, and lots of it. The American Heart Association encourages you to be mindful of your diet and exercise routine this holiday season. Whether your preference is sweet or savory, remember that tasty treats can be healthy, too! Simply swapping out certain ingredients can cut calories, fat, and sodium.

Another thing to consider this holiday season is the cold weather that comes with it. Don’t let the temperature keep you from continuing your fitness routine. Exercising in the cold has a lot of advantages like burning more calories and making you feel more awake. Just be sure to dress according to the weather. This cold weather fitness guide has all you need to know about working out this winter.  

Heart healthy tips for this holiday season: