‘Tis the Season for Damage Control

Who doesn't overdo it this time of year? Here are 12 Philly ways to offset the excess.

Illustration by Kyle T. Webster

Hit the gym >> Get a one-month gym membership at Philadelphia Sports Clubs for just $30—no annual contract required.

Swap your bagel >> Substitute Lithe Foods’ Blissful Breakfast Quinoa, available at Lithe Method’s Old City and Rittenhouse studios.

Sweat for charity >> Complete the Arthritis Foundation’s 5K Jingle Bell Walk/Run in Malvern on December 11th. C’mon, you can do 3.1 miles in your sleep.

Cut out coffee >> Go for green tea instead. It may help curb your appetite and won’t cause a caffeine crash.

Climb the Comcast Center >> On a StairMaster, that is. It’s 57 floors to the top. Go!

Recharge >> Enjoy a relaxing massage at Old City’s Terme Di Aroma. A gratis mug of homemade hot apple cider is included.

Try hot yoga >> Shake the winter-weather blues in a 105-degree yoga class at Rittenhouse’s Bikram Yoga College of India.

Dine out >> But do it right. “If a restaurant starts with quality ingredients, it doesn’t need to over-salt, over-sugar or over-sauce its food,” says Center City health counselor Ali Shapiro. (She recommends Supper.)

Hydrate >> Skip soda and opt for water—between nine and 13 cups a day. Miss the bubbles? Add frozen berries to sparkling water for a sweeter treat.

Strap on skates >> Practice your triple axel at Penn’s Landing’s Blue Cross River Rink. A 30-minute session can blast 200 calories.

Have healthier nog >> With just 90 calories and three fat grams per half-cup serving, So Delicious Coconut Milk Nog is a great substitute for eggnog. Find it at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

Look at lights >> Gear up for a two-mile tour des lumières: Start at the Christmas tree in Rittenhouse Square, then walk to the Holiday Spectacular show at the Comcast Center. From there, head to Macy’s, taking in the window displays along Market Street, and end at glittering Franklin Square at 6th and Race.

See also: Eight Healthier Holiday Cookies