The obstacles and hurdles of the cold holiday season.

It's easy to get home from work, drop the pants and turn on Netflix while heating up some microwave leftovers. Especially as we go into the colder months. Who wants to change into workout gear, march back out in the snow, and burn some calories? It takes a little bit of crazy, and a little bit more motivation. And sweat pants.

Enter the Holiday Season! 'Tis the time of the year when sweets abound, large festivities packed full of freshly baked foods, goodies, and an abundance of food. When you are surrounded by temptation, one must accept the responsibility of balance. Taking the time to check each box of your health is just as important now as it has ever been. Am I keeping track of Macronutrients? Is the food I'm eating substituting my regular diet, or supplementing it?

Traditional holiday foods are usually high in fats, sugars, and carbohydrates. It's why we blame these foods for the weight we put on. The reality of the situation is that we can use the increase in calorie intake to amplify muscle growth. Save the last month of cold weather to use as fat burning and weight loss while we take advantage of the holidays. Calorie boost to increase muscle size will lead to a more tone result when it's time to melt away for summer.

Keep track of your calorie balance. Sneaking a cookie in here and a brownie in there will add up. Where do you find your balance? There's nothing wrong with a few extra calories, so long as you balance the extra intake with extra output. Don't let becoming sedentary be the way through the winter. We will not allow the sugars and fats sink us into the couch!

Keeping yourself moving is key. Find the points in your behavior where you find yourself land-locked. There are places you will find yourself, the couch, your recliner, that need to be avoided until the end of the day. Get yourself up early and start stretching, turn around make your bed, and get your day started. Not a morning person? Pack your gym clothes in the car and stop for a workout before going home. There's an hour window somewhere in your day where Netflix, Facebook, or some other time suck is eating perfectly good time.

Don't wait until New Years. Approach each day with love and reckless abandon. Love the cookie that your co-worker made for the office and then love changing into your workout outfit to burn off the winter build-up. Force yourself to get up from bed, that desk, the couch. Stop reading blogs looking for motivation. Get up right now. Go. Remember, summer bodies are made in the winter.