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Jonesboro -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Staying Healthy During the Holidays Starts Now

December 20, 2004 – Posted at 3:56 p.m. CST

JONESBORO – Many folks are getting ready to make their New Year's resolutions, and getting in shape is on top of most people's list. But you can stay fit by starting now. Having a plan to survive the temptation to indulge at holiday gatherings may not be fun, but it can help you from packing on the pounds.

“Always have a small meal before you show up to the party or where ever the buffet is going to be. Another thing is to, if you have something in your hands other than food. Maybe a club soda or something,” said Kyle Hall, head personal trainer at the Athletic Club.

But how can you survive the endless supply of goodies and not feel like a Grinch?

“Just do it always in moderation. Try to limit yourself to just one cookie, instead of having two or three. It doesn't seem like a whole lot, but it really does help,” said Hall.

Surviving the holidays can be tough and there's a lot of temptation with great foods and huge buffet spreads. But by exercising the day before and the day after, you can keep your body on track.

“Always try to stay busy, try to stay active. If you have a dog, walking your dog would be great and sufficient exercise for a post holiday meal,” said Hall, “If you have a gym, try to stay in the gym...you'll have the mindset, I won't eat as much because I’ve done all this exercise, I don't want to ruin that.”

The decline for Atkins dieting also may hit all time highs in December. An independent marketing information company reports that the low-carb craze has dropped significantly since October.

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