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New Year Fitness

Mother and child
By by Laura Lythgoe, Public Affairs Specialist
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The holidays are over and you probably didn’t watch your eating habits as closely as the rest of the year and who can blame you?  Thanksgiving means turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pecan, pumpkin, or cherry pie (or all three!).  The Christmas season welcomes sugar cookies, various items dipped in chocolate, fudge, peanut brittle, plus the main course!  The holidays can certainly add a couple of unwanted pounds that were very easy to add on, but can be difficult to subtract again.

When there is a will, there is always a way.  Charleston VAMC’s FNP-BC, MOVE! Coordinator, Rebecca Luhrs has some tips to get back on track and ready for beach weather in the spring.  She recommends finding an activity you like and do it.  

“Everything counts-gardening, mall walking or shopping, household chores, cleaning your car, walking or playing with the dog, the important part is MOVE!”

also said walking is a great exercise, because you only need comfortable shoes.  It can be done in or outdoors.   Lastly, she recommends having a fitness partner.  Having someone to workout with will not only help pass the time, but offer some friendly support that just may be your recipe for success. 


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