Walking helps avoid festive fat settling in

EXERCISING on Christmas Day may be the secret to avoiding weight gain over the holiday period.

At least, that's the message coming from Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre gym manager Julie Speidel.

"One big thing during the Christmas period is to exercise on Christmas Day," Mrs Speidel said. She said getting out and pounding the pavement early is a good way to prepare your metabolism for the day ahead.

"You don't need to do your normal exercise but it's a good idea to go for a walk either in the morning or after lunch to stop you feeling lethargic," she said.

And, according to Mrs Speidel, going for that walk after lunch is a crucial way to stop those Christmas treats ending up on your thighs.

However, exercise is only one component of keeping trim.

Jenny Craig Lismore manager Julie Symons-Hulme reminds us "Christmas is just one day not the whole month".

Her healthy eating tip for Christmas day is to have mainly meat and vegetables and "just one bit of pudding".

But, like Mrs Speidel, Ms Symons-Hulme said there is no substitute to moving your body to keep in shape.

"Make exercise part of your Christmas day tradition," she said.

And, if you've fallen off the wagon this December, don't worry too much; 2014 is just around the corner.

""It's just a lapse, not the end of the world," Ms Symons-Hulme said.



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