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Ask Rhonda: Work off Thanksgiving meal

Rhonda Beckham
Special to the Tribune

It’s the day after the big feast and you are feeling sluggish and a bit guilty because of your overindulgence.

The average Thanksgiving meal yields a ridiculous 2,675 calories. Include your favorite beverage such as wine and that adds an average of another 150 calories per glass. Add 250 calories per mixed drink.

Sorry to break the news after the damage has been done, but consider this your wake-up call to make a commitment to your self and better health. The problem isn’t one day of overeating and/or drinking, it’s that this is the season to do so.

After you make the decision to take steps to improve the quality of your life, it’s simple.

A company never made such a powerful statement as “Just Do It.”

Remember, it’s not just about a better body; it’s about a better life. Sure you burn extra calories when you move around more, but you also increase the health of your heart and lungs, improves synovial fluid to better lubricate your achy joints, work off stress; and my favorite, you prove to yourself that you are important and value yourself.

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Make the time and don’t let anything, no matter what interfere with your plan. Someone somewhere once said, the majority of success is just showing up.

Join a spin class (indoor cycling) at Sierra Athletic Club in the Tahoe Keys Center at 8am or noon; (530) 542-4426. Come for a Snow Sports Conditioning class taught by yours truly Saturday at 8am. Or call me about Pilates.

Rhonda Beckham is owner of Help Me Rhonda Personal Fitness Training. She is a nationally certified personal trainer operating out of Sierra Athletic Club and a Pilates instructor at Emerald Bay Physical Therapy. She may be reached at (530) 208-6369, and