Editor’s note: This column originally ran Nov. 30, 2009
After more than 15 years in the fitness industry, I am still amazed how often people put off starting a workout program until “next year.”
Before you consider shutting it down over the holidays, consider the following fact: Americans gain an average of five to 10 pounds during the holiday season and never lose the weight!
To put it into a larger perspective, over a course of five years, the holiday indulgence alone could result in 25 to 50 pounds of weight gain.
Now, before you chime in with, “But Jason, the holidays are so busy with work parties and family engagements, not to mention all of the temptations ...” I completely understand. You should be able to indulge, but within reason.
Plus, the holidays are an even better reason to start or continue your workout program. Worst-case scenario: You gain no weight this season and create positive momentum going into the new year. Best-case scenario: You actually lose weight, finish the year strong and become even more motivated come January.
Jason Wanlass, the owner of Champion Fitness Training in Meridian, has more than 15 years experience in the fitness industry. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.championfit.net.