Don't be worried about the weight-gain blues; exercise and mode...

If the old cliche - "you are what you eat," - is true then I think most of us walking around town are gobblers. Full Story
Angel Flight

Casa Grande, AZ

#1 Dec 2, 2009
"exercise and moderation in eating is key to enjoying the holidays and the food that comes with it" -- I don't mean to be picky, but there is a glaring typo in the subhead .. it should read "exercise and moderation in eating ARE key to enjoying the holidays and the food the that comes with it" ... exercise AND moderation are plural and require use of ARE not IS.

By the way, even visiting house to house, who really eat three 5,000-calorie meals in a day?!
Mr Turkey

Silver City, NM

#2 Dec 3, 2009
I personally visit three houses a day. Morning is filled with turkey mashed potatoes gravy stuffing corn biscuits apple pie and a dr pepper. About 2 pm another lunch will have turkey cranberries stuffing mashed potatoes rolls mixed vegatables pumpkin pie and a couple of beers. dinner time about 6 p.m. again turkey mashed potatoes stuffing corn gravy yams cranberry sauce ham red chile with pork and another couple of beers. That sounds about right - 5,000 calories in all three meals.
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#3 Dec 15, 2009
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Sol

Since: Jan 08

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#4 Dec 17, 2009
Since the article has been moved to their "pay-per" site...
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Don't be worried about the weight-gain blues; exercise and moderation in eating is key to enjoying the holidays and the food that comes with it
By Danny Udero/Sun-News Sports Editor
Posted: 12/02/2009 01:00:00 AM MST

SILVER CITY — If the old cliché— "you are what you eat," — is true then I think most of us walking around town are gobblers. You see the holidays are upon us and it's time for the weight gain blues with the start of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will find ourselves eating more, visiting friends and family more and taking in deserts and traditional food that will make our bellies bulge.

So what can we do throughout this holiday season to keep our weight maintained and perhaps even lose a couple of pounds, while still being able to enjoy the food? The average Thanksgiving meal is filled with 3,000 to 5,000 calories. Most of us have tons of family, so we find ourselves wandering from house to house on Thanksgiving, and let's just say we ate three meals. That's a whopping 15,000 calories in one day. Let's not get depressed. The turkey with dressing was good. Who can have mashed potatoes without gravy... And to avoid pumpkin pie without whip cream is absurd. Then there was the football games, and we probably consumed some type of alcohol. There were a couple of things we could have done to have limited the intake of calories, but this holiday has come and gone, and we must now focus on the previous days leading up to Christmas.

First of all, exercise is the key to all of our worries. I suggest if you have any kind of medical condition and want to get into a fitness regimen that you seek the opinion and advice of your doctor before you attempt anything. For most of us, getting a gym membership right now is probably the best thing we could do. Not only will you be able to get in and get some exercise, but you will be on the path to feeling better about yourself, and building your body into a fat burning machine for the rest of the month.

To burn off that slice of pumpkin pie, it's estimated that you must do 25 minutes on the elliptical machine. One cup of stuffing equals half an hour on the treadmill. But, an average walk burns about 100 calories a mile. So to burn off the 15,000 calories we ate, we would have to walk about 150 miles. No one is going to do that after Thanksgiving, but, if we hit the gym a little extra on Wednesday, and again on Friday, we could have burned off a lot more than we thought.

This holds true for the rest of the month. If you are used to going to the gym three times a week, try and get there four times or perhaps five times. Do a little more cardio than you normally do. Mix it up every day to keep your body guessing and improving and too keep you from getting burnt out on the same old routine. Add a weight training program into your workout. Here you can't get caught up with losing weight, because muscle weighs more than fat, but muscle also burns more calories to maintain it. You will see inches come off if a weight training regimen is added to your workout.

In Grant County we have a lot of gyms that have convenient hours to fit everyone's needs. Diamond's Gym opens at 4 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Billy Casper Wellness Center is open from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. during the week. Iniguez Physical Therapy has two gyms — one in Bayard and one in Silver City — and their hours are from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. throughout the week. Iron Works Gym has hours of 5 a.m. until 9 p.m.

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