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Shedding the Holiday Weight Gain

The average person gains one to two pounds over the holidays.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Get ready to shed a pound or two in time for New Years. The average person gains one to two pounds over the holidays. It might not seem a lot but over a 10 to 20 year span, you will gain 20 to 30 pounds. If you currently have an unhealthy diet, a proper workout could help whip you into shape.

"When you find yourself working out, you don't want to give away the calories and eat poor food choices like you would before. So when you know how long it takes you to burn 3 or 400 hundred calories on a cardio machine, you really think twice before having that extra indulgent sweet," said Lori Jones, YMCA Employee.  

If the gym doesn't fit into your schedule, there are workouts you can do right at home.

"Simple things by doing some toning around the house with sit ups and push ups. You can do lunges and planks," said Jones. 

Fitness buffs say while it may have been awhile since you've hit the weights, you need to start somewhere.

"Start slow, don't run out there and start lifting 500 pound weights because the next day you'll be so sore. You won't want to do it again," said Jones. 

"Don't be intimidated at the gym. Don't be intimidated at the people here. Everyone here is doing everything you're trying to do. Just be healthy and live a better life," said Kayla Thaman, Gym Member. 

If you're not motivated to workout by yourself, you can just grab a buddy.

"Finding a friend to work out with is a great way to keep yourself accountable. Maybe when you don't feel like it, they will. And you'll be faithful to the friendship so you'll show up and make sure you get your work out in," said Thaman. 
 
If the buddy system isn't your thing, there are other ways of motivation. 

"Looking at my old basketball pictures. Looking how I used to be and how I really want to get back into the shape I used to be in," said Thaman. 

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