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6 Ways to Stay Fit This Holiday Season

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Are you worried that the holidays will ruin your diet—or worse, that your diet will ruin the holidays? This season brings lots of quality time with family and friends, wild holiday parties and plenty of thoughtful gifts, but let’s be real, the food is the best part. But is the stress of overindulging worth it?

Take a look at these tips if you want to enjoy everything the holidays have to offer without the added guilt.

Recruit a Workout Buddy

Sticking to a workout plan is hard anytime of year. Finding someone to workout with on a regular basis will help keep you accountable during the busy holiday season. If you don’t feel like waking up early and heading to the gym, the guilt of ditching your friend will be reason enough to show up anyway.

If you can’t find a buddy, sign up for a weekly class—preferably one that costs some money. The threat of wasting money should be motivation enough to get your ass in gear once a week. Whether the gym is on your daily to-do list or not, a weekly class will add some structure to your routine. It’s a great way to improve an aspect of your fitness that you may not be spending enough time on (cough yoga cough). Or, if you’re not a regular gym-goer in the first place, it’s a great way to get started!

Don’t Deprive Yourself

Don’t spoil a holiday party by trying to avoid the feast. It’s not worth the stress. Eat the food you want to eat, and stop when you’re full. Don’t feel obligated to fill your stomach with Aunt Joan’s famous fruitcake if you hate fruitcake.

But don’t let a holiday seep into the following days and turn into a holi-week. Your body can bounce back from a single day of indulgence. An entire week will be a bit more difficult. It’s important to jump right back on track after the party ends.

Tupp It Up

If you’re hosting a party, send your guests home with Tupperware containers full of leftovers. It’s virtually impossible to refuse leftovers when they’re the only things in your fridge. Eliminate the temptation altogether!

MEAL. PREP.

It’s not nearly as difficult or expensive as you may think. Choose a few easy recipes and prep a week’s worth of chicken, veggies, and snacks on Sunday. Having protein powder on-hand is a great way to combat hunger during the week to avoid losing sight of your goals. Sticking to a clean diet during the week will kill any guilt you might have about those extra hors d’oeuvres at the office holiday party.

Hit the Gym More Often

If you’re going to indulge every now and then, head to the gym and put those extra carbs to use. Lift heavy weights and give interval training a try. Doing intense periods of work with short recovery segments is a great way to burn fat fast. Just don’t use the extra workouts as an excuse to completely quit on your diet!

Stay Hydrated

Find a sturdy reusable water bottle, keep it filled, and bring it everywhere. Drinking enough water is a key part of staying fit and healthy, especially when the rest of your diet isn’t exactly pristine. Replace sugary drinks with tea or seltzer and alternate between booze and glasses of water at parties.

Doesn’t sound too hard, right? Stay the course and enjoy the holidays! Head into 2018 without feeling sluggish, guilty or weighed down—it could impact your outlook for the rest of the year.

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Marvel Has 20 More Movies Planned After Infinity War

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The MCU has plenty of films in production, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Avengers 4, and Ant-Man and The Wasp just to name a few. Disney has no plans to ever stop making Marvel Films. Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige spoke about the cinematic universe with Vanity Fair.

“(Marvel is) 22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before, intentionally.”

Marvel introducing the Guardians of Galaxy was a rewarding risk for the company and allowed the studio to expand their movies to cosmic adventures. So fans can possibly get more movies with heroes on different planets. The studio even managed to change directions and put Thor in space with Thor: Ragnarok.

Disney’s Bob Eiger tells Vanity Fair that they have the rights to 7,000 characters while noting, “We’re looking for worlds that are completely separate, geographically or in time, from the worlds that we’ve already visited.”

Disney is also in buyout negotiations with 20th Century Fox. This would allow Marvel to reclaim the rights to the X: Men characters and possibly bring back the Fantastic Four. Even though leaving the Fantastic Four on the back burner might not be such a bad idea.

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Marvel Release Black Panther Character Posters Of The Royal Family

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Marvel’s Black Panther is one of 2018’s most anticipated movies. The film brings Wakanda to life and follows the King T’Challa portrayed by Chadwick Boseman as he returns home after the events of Captain America: Civil War. The new posters give fans a closer look at the royal family of Wakanda and their enemies.

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman‘s T’Challa, Angela Bassett as his(step)mother Ramonda, Letitia Wright as his sister Shuri, Forest Whitaker as his advisor Zuri, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira as Dora Milaje members Nakia and Okoye respectively, and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue. Newly added posters include Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, and Winston Duke as M’Baku.

Black Panther opens in theaters on February 16, 2018.

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Lights Go Out In OKC Thunder Practice

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The OKC Thunder have big expectations going into this season and when you play 82 games you have to deal with adversity. That came into play when the lights went out at the Thunder’s practice on Monday afternoon at Sacramento State University.

The Thunder were preparing for their away game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday when the lights went out. What did the Thunder players do? They kept on playing in the dark. The OKC Thunder were in the middle of doing offensive drills and when the lights went out that did not stop them.

Russell Westbrook called out an offensive set when their vision eventually adjusted to the dark and the rest of his teammates decided to try to execute it while vision was impaired. Westbrook talked about the lights going out after practice.

Via Thunder.com he said:

“We just went. Nobody complained,” Westbrook said. “It kind of relates to the game. Sometimes things don’t go your way and as players you tend to fall back on yourself instead of your teammates. With the lights off, you gotta rely on your teammates. That was a good example of that.”

The Thunder needed that moment to help them gain some chemistry. The Thunder have a lot of new players so something like this is an ice breaker. In my opinion this will teach the Thunder about dealing with adversity and make grueling days of practice more fun.

The lights came back on and the Thunder were able to complete practice and they will try and end a two game losing streak. That will be easier after the little bit of fun they had on Monday.

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