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Exercising during holidays helps stop yummy-food guilt

Sara Thompson
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily TribuneChuck Prokop works out at Push Fitness on Monday afternoon.
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Instead of succumbing to holiday weight gain, some people are earning their eggnog by working out.

Cassandra Chandler, a personal trainer at Tim Christenson’s Push Fitness, said the gym is busy even during the holidays. Her exercise class was packed last week, she noted.

Chandler, who has been a trainer for seven years, said more people are sticking with their workout routines year-round and that every Push machine is busy from 6 to 10 a.m.

Chandler explained that more people just want to be healthy and active, and not merely lose weight for a certain goal. The holidays also are getting easier for people, since everyone is more health-conscious, she added.

More people are sticking to their routines this season because they don’t want to fall out of their programs. Once a routine is broken, it’s hard to restart, Chandler said.

Jordyn Jayne Getz, a front-desk clerk at Sierra Athletic Club, said many people are exercising to prepare for upcoming holiday feasts.

“I hear a lot of people saying, ‘I have to get my workout in, because I’ll be eating a lot in the next few days,’ ” Getz said.

Getz added that more nonmembers – locals and vacationers – come to the gym during the holidays. Cardiovascular workouts are popular this time of year, she said.

Sierra Athletic Club members Jessica and Ryan Mahnken said it’s easy to keep working out over the holidays, because it affects their mental health if they slack off. Ryan Mahnken said he gets cranky and tired if he doesn’t stick to his routine.

Push member Chuck Prokop said gym memberships are worth the money, even though they can be expensive.

“It’s a lot cheaper then paying $125 an hour for a shrink,” Prokop contended.

Push trainer Chandler combats the season’s proliferation of food by using smaller plates and eating smaller portions.

Prokop’s philosophy is a bit different: If he works out hard, he can eat anything he wants, he said.

“I do what I do, so I can do what I do,” he said.


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