FIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS: START YOUR RESOLUTION TO BE ACTIVE EARLY

COURTNEY WILLIAMS

clwilliams10@ole.augie.edu

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Since it finally snowed, I’m deeming it time to say, happy holidays! The semester is winding down, and that means it’s almost time for Christmas, winter break and yes, resolutions.

It seems every year someone we know makes a New Year’s resolution to work out every day, eat right and lose at least ten pounds. Realistic? Probably not.

And let’s face it, when winter break commences we focus more on sleeping, eating and watching football games than we do on our physical health. I turn into a couch potato over the holidays, I’ll admit it.

Think about this for a second: would you rather sit on a couch all day, eating leftover Thanksgiving turkey, candy, cookies and whatever else, knowing that your jeans are getting tighter and your face is breaking out like you’re reliving puberty?

Or would you rather make a commitment to doing something active once a day for at least a half hour so you can continue snacking, fitting comfortably into your jeans and remaining acne free?

That’s what I thought. So find some gym gear, lace up your tennis shoes and take notes on how to stay fit during the holiday season.

If you need inspiration for getting up and being active, stay up late and watch all the infomercials about programs like Insanity or P90X. They are addicting to watch and might make you feel guilty enough to start exercising at 2 a.m.

Still need inspiration? Go to the nearest sporting goods store and stock up on some new workout clothes. Nothing says let’s get in shape like a new pair of running shoes.

Don’t have a gym located near your house? Use your neighborhood as your track, the basketball in the garage as your weight and make your own routine.

Try to run or walk for 20 minutes a day, and if you’re into the whole cardio thing, run to your heart’s content. Your body is its own machine, so do some body-weight squats, pushups and crunches.

If you do have a gym nearby, head there, jump on a treadmill and start up your workout. You can use weight machines, go for a swim in the pool or play some basketball. Some recreation centers have seasonal passes you can get, or you can buy a select number of passes while you’re at home for a few weeks. Nifty, I know.

A rousing afternoon of playing Xbox’s Just Dance is just as effective as anything, plus it’s entertaining to watch.

If you have pets, play with them. Play tug-of-war with them, take them on a walk or light jog, or simply put on those roller blades, put the dog on a leash and let them pull you along. I just hope you have good balance.

When it comes to eating that wonderful Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, potatoes, veggies, stuffing, pie, cookies and more pie, you really don’t have to diet. You can still enjoy all your favorite foods, and you can even have second helpings. Just eat smaller portions and eat slowly. Don’t just sit there and stuff your face. Not only will you gross out your tablemates, but you’ll also get fuller faster.

And while you’re at it, sit up straight while you eat. It’s easier for your food to digest so you don’t end up with a tummy-ache. Make a commitment to yourself. Get up off the couch, get outside and be active.