STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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do so for a short period of time. They learn some valuable lessons and incorporate them into their lifestyle down the road. Benefits come over time.


“We see people get stronger and lose weight, and a lot of our elderly population are able to walk up a flight of stairs without even holding on to the handrail,” said Miller.


Dedication is the key moving forward. To be successful, you need to stay committed to training. It is normal to want results quickly, but instant gratification does not happen.


“You are going to have to give yourself three to six months for a physique transformation if you do everything the right way,” Goodrich said. Also, you need to remember that making a change requires more than just exercise. “Diet is 80 percent of changing your body,” Goodrich said.


The hardest part is getting started, so encounter- ing some roadblocks is to be expected. “You have to give yourself at least two to three weeks to acclimate to your new lifestyle,” Goodrich said. “Your body is going to be shocked, sore and uncomfortable, but if you stick with it, you will be fine.”

If you’re looking for a safe, effective program that will help you get toned, become more flexible or lose weight, personal training could be for you.


A personal trainer will teach you proper form and technique to keep you safe and injury free. But first, he or she needs to know what your goals are – whether you want to lose weight, get healthy and tone up or train for bodybuilding, fitness competitions or powerlifting. Perhaps you’re an older person who wants to work on balance and stability.


 “First and foremost, I sit down and speak to potential clients for about 30 to 40 minutes in a consultation to get an idea of what their goals and lifestyle are, to get to know the person a little bit and explain about the program,” said Jason Goodrich, owner and fitness professional at Physiques ‘N’ Weeks (www.physiquesnweeks.com). “You have to map out a schedule and decide how many times a week you will train, go over food and diet, which is the most important thing, and explain that if they want to make a change in the way they feel, their physique and their health, they will have to put the effort in.”


“The trainer should find out what you want to do and make a plan that is practical,” said Melissa Miller of Transformation Personal Training.


Some people work with a trainer on and off for years while others

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JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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