Making it through the holidays in one piece can be difficult. If the stress from all the baking, shopping and guest-hosting has got you searching for the location of Mt. Crumpit on your phone so you can ditch your holiday trimmings, trappings and other stressors, let us save you some time. It’s in Squamish, British Columbia.

But before you take your cues from the Grinch just yet, use the time saved from your Google search to take a look at this month’s fitness and nutrition plans. They may save you some stress and some wear and tear on your car (after all, British Columbia is pretty far).

We’ll start with a fitness plan that introduces Pilates to strengthen your body and mind. Then we have a nutrition plan that includes easy-to-prepare holiday recipes that will help you keep your cool in the kitchen.

Move for Health

Tips from Highmark fitness expert Joanie Barr.

This month’s Pilates exercises will help you to strengthen and stretch your body to improve your posture and balance. As you complete these exercises, focus on your breathing to help you control your movements. Your deep breathing will also enhance your concentration and help you to relieve stress.

Workout 1: Pilates


Roll Up

Bicycle Criss-Cross

Side Series

Inside Thigh Stretch

Pilates Push-Ups

Workout 2: Stretches


Hold each stretch for 30 seconds and repeat up to four times.

Seated Hamstring Stretch

Standing Chest and Shoulder Wall Stretch

Back Stretch with Rotation

Eat for Health

Tips from Highmark nutrition expert Lindsey Barton.

As you gather around the table to enjoy meals with friends and family this season, try serving up one of these healthy holiday classics — many of which can be prepared in advance, so you’re ready to go when company calls.

From orange cranberry relish to maple-roasted sweet potatoes, these recipes feature seasonal fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants, which are thought to help your body handle stress.

Need another way to simplify the season? Save yourself an additional trip to the store by using the DIY Health grocery list to keep track of everything you need. Fewer trips to the store means more time for you to master your new Pilates moves.

Recipe Box:

Orange Cranberry Relish

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Festive Cornbread

Creamy Squash Soup

Potato Latkes