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Post Holidays: Time to Get Back to Fitness

By Stephen R. Farris

During the holiday season you may have fudged a little on your workouts. Maybe you took time off from exercising and watching what you eat. Those pants you comfortably put on before the holidays may take the strength of a crane to pull them up over your thighs.

What happened? How do I fix this? The would have, could have, should have jingle begins playing in your mind, but hey, let's face it. We're all human and it happens to the best of us. We gain a few extra pounds around the holiday season.

But now is not the time to mope around the house about it. Once the season is over we've got work to do and that's setting our goals on getting back into shape.

Nutritional Goals

There's no more of aunt Judy's pecan pie, no more of grandma's dressing with 30-weight gravy on top and no more eggnog to chug down. It's over, gone, goodbye! Time to bring back in those healthy choices. It doesn't have to be drastic, just get back to the basics of eating fresh fruits and raw vegetables so your body gets the nutrients and minerals it needs. Add protein to your diet through chicken, turkey and fish. There are plenty of recipes out there to make some delicious, yet healthy dishes, so get back in the kitchen and start prepping away. In a healthy way, that is.

Run Like the Wind, But Start Off Slow

Even though the weather might still be cold, it's no excuse not to get back into the great outdoors or inside your local workout facility and get back into the routine of working out. Break out that new jogging outfit grandpa Joe got you, lace up those new running shoes cousin Lisa gave you and pound the pavement again. No need to try and start off like you did before the holidays. Just slowly work your way back into your routine until you reach 150-minute peak per week of brisk exercise. If it's not running, just do what exercise you were doing before. The main thing is to start moving again.

Visit your local chiropractor to see what advice and suggestions they have to offer in getting you on track to a healthy and active lifestyle again. They can also guide you in your nutritional needs too and if you're experiencing pain in your joints, back and muscles, they can help take care of that as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cypress, Tex.

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