Staying fit during the holidays

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  • By Staff Sgt. Melissa K. Mekpongsatorn
  • 23rd Wing Public Affairs
The holidays are near and it's supposed to be one of the most wonderful times of the year. However, for many it can turn into one of the most stressful times.

Don't add to holiday stress by having to spend more money on a new pair of jeans after gaining five holiday pounds. There are several ways to maintain fitness during the season.

"Strength exercises can be very beneficial for someone to do during the holiday season; you break the exercises up throughout the day, said U.S. Air Force Capt. Zachary Garrett, 23rd Aerospace Medicine Squadron human performance flight commander. " You can spend five to ten minutes each hour doing simple strength training exercises to help maintain your muscle mass and work off extra calories."

Some examples of simple exercises that can be done anywhere include push-ups, squats, flutter kicks, and crunches.

Add some weight to whatever you're doing, it doesn't have to be actual weights. Most people have 10 to 20 pound objects around the house they can use, maybe some books or even holiday presents, added Garrett.

Another way to burn those extra calories is to incorporate cardio into your day.

"Running a mile and a half three days a week will help and doesn't require a lot of time," said Staff Sgt. Blake Williams, 23rd Force Support Squadron assistant sport director. "Every little bit helps."

Cookies, pies, cakes and casseroles are also a culprit for holiday weight gain, not just lack of exercise.

"There is nothing wrong with enjoying yourself, just do it in moderation," said Garrett. "Eat two or three bites of dessert not two or three helpings."

Most people have a ton of things on their mind during the holidays and the last thing people want to worry about is an exercise schedule.

"Don't obsess over it," said Garrett. "If you don't find time to exercise during the holidays don't let that stop you. When you have a little free time after the holidays, exercise and let that be the stepping stone for your success later on."

During the holidays the Freedom I Fitness center will be open for your exercising needs on Dec. 23, 24, 26 and 31, 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. and Jan 1 and 2. 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.