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Active Holiday Handbook

Everything you need to make this the healthiest (and most exciting) time of the year

From festivals to cool-weather comfort foods, this is the time to relax and indulge. But that doesn't mean you have to be content with packing on the holiday pounds. We've put together our exclusive Active Holiday Handbook to keep you fit and healthy throughout this exciting season.

How to Have a Guilt-Free Holiday Dinner

Every year, Americans sit down at the table and stuff their faces with a holiday feast. But between the gravy-drenched turkey, the pumpkin pie, and that open-faced sandwich, all that delicious food can total more than 3,500 calories. MF shows you how to have guilt-free holiday dinner—including leftovers

Indoor Adventure Destinations

The seasons are changing, but that doesn't mean you have to stow away your favorite sports gear just yet. Keep your skills sharp by hitting one of these sick indoor sports facilities, where you can always work on perfecting your skills, no matter what the weather's doing outside.

Six-Pack Saviors

Chugging a couple of beers over the holidays isn't so bad—as long as you don't overdo it and you stick with the light stuff whenever possible. But with so many brands out there, how do you separate the swill from the swell? To help you out, we recently tried many of the light beers on the market (it wasn't exactly our hardest day on the job). Check out the results to see how your favorite light brew did.

Three Healthy Dips

In between all the turkey, ham, potatoes, cranberries, gravy, and yams there's always time for a little snacking. And there's nothing better than sitting down with a big bowl of your favorite chips (especially if there's a game on). But why not at least go the healthy route when it comes to your choice of dip? Skip the store-bought stuff and whip up one of these.

The Holiday Survival Workout

We know it's the holidays, so nobody's expecting you to work out four days a week as usual, or to keep up your low-carb diet in the face of Mom's stuffing and bowls of figgy pudding (or whatever your ab-killing family serves). However, we do expect-no, demand-that you lose five pounds this season anyway. And when you see how simple it is, your holidays (and post-holiday season) are sure to be a lot happier.

Stick to Your Fitness Plan

It's easy to slag off once in a while. Unfortunately, it's the little slips that can really eat into your progress, or even stop it. So the next time you're tempted to skip a workout or gorge on a bucket of tater tots, keep these real-life maxims in mind.

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