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December 22, 2013

EXTENSION NEWS: Tips for staying active during the holidays and winter

By KATHY SMITH

We typically eat more and exercise less during the holidays and when it is cold. If we get too much out of balance with our food intake and our activity output, we may be adding too much to our holiday cheer!

To help prevent our Christmas and New Year season from expanding at the waist and thighs, here are some tips to fit in some physical activity.

• As much as you can, wear running or comfortable walking shoes so you can get moving whenever there is an opportunity. Put a casserole in the oven and head out the door for a walk or jog while it is baking. Park farther away and walk to your destination. Walk the shopping center or store, before you shop. Several laps in several large stores can equal a mile.

• When there is an opportunity, take the stairs. In one minute, a 150 pound person burns approximately 10 calories walking upstairs and only 1.5 calories riding an elevator according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Here is a quote by Joan Welch, “A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.”

• Work out with your mobile device. Download an app or video for your phone or watch an online video that will help you get moving. Some of these may be especially helpful when you are traveling and staying in a hotel or with friends. Use your favorite search engine or check with the app store for you mobile device to find apps and videos that you like.

• Find trails and tracks before you travel. You can visit the USA Track and Field website at www.usatf.org/routes for routes for walking or running in your destination city. Check with your hotel as to their safety.

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