Workout Routine Combats Christmas Calories

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by Whitney LB Miller

ANCHORAGE - More Alaskans may be hitting the gym before holiday feasts begin and eating less to ease the guilt of snacking this season. Some experts say cutting down on the amount of food you eat can increase your chances of weight gain.

"The number one question I get from my clients is how do I stop from gaining weight during the holidays," said Thomas Nelson, a certified personal trainer in Anchorage.

The amount of calories in a Christmas dinner can range as high as 3,500. There are steps people can take before or after the meal to help jump start your metabolism and burn the calories.

Nelson says a simple 6 minute routine can be a great way to burn calories as you enjoy your favorite holiday dishes. The workout includes 3 exercises each done for 30 seconds.  The total body workout starts with squats focusing on the legs, push-ups that work the chest and planks that tone the core.

"The more muscles you use the more cardiovascular energy you're going to be incorporating," Nelson said.

The routine can burn 150-200 calories if done 3 to 4 times. Nelson says this type of work out can burn an additional 300 calories throughout the day.

He also recommends drinking 8oz of water and eating vegetables before the rest of the meal.
 

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