Want to use the equipment at your local health club with no waiting? Go in December, when even ardent exercisers are missing exercise sessions.

At a time when physical activity is most important in managing energy balance, many individuals can’t find time to maintain their exercise program. However, a few extra workouts or walks each week are what is really needed. Schedule your exercise in your weekly planner—the way you would an important business meeting—then stick to your schedule.

Look for creative ways to increase your activity as well. Instead of dining with friends, consider caroling together, cross-country skiing, or skating outdoors in the fresh winter air.

And when you can’t find parking close to the mall entrance, remind yourself this is a great opportunity to get some lifestyle activity by walking from that parking spot that seems a mile away!