Staying Fit for the Holidays

By Kelly McCarthy

Staying Fit for the Holidays

December 15, 2012 Updated Dec 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM EST

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Americans may gain one and a half pounds each holiday season, according to the National Institute of Health.

It might not sound like a lot this year, but it can really add up.

Owner and Instructor of The Pilates Salon says the holidays can be a dangerous time for maintaining a regular diet and exercise.

She says if free time is limited, even a few exercises at home can keep away unwanted weight gain.

"A really good bang for your buck is doing squats, lunges, push ups, anything that is full body, multi-joint is going to give you a high calorie for not a lot of time," says Marjorie Donovick of The Pilates Salon.

And to remember the holiday season is a time to spend with family, friends, and loved ones.

"Just think about why you're at the party. Be social, consume your friendships and not the foods and the cookies and the desserts and everything," says Donovick, "Don't have the chips and the dip, and this and that, because you can have that any time of year, so just pick one dessert, not ten."

A good way to stay on track is to keep a food log while you're at parties, and to make time for your regular routine even with the busy holiday schedules.

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