Wednesday, December 17, 2008

5 Reasons To Hit The Gym In December

"It's mid-December and the holiday season is in full swing. So, how is your exercise routine these days? A lot of people will say they don't have time for fitness right now, what with all the shopping, wrapping and party-planning. But it is possible to fit it into your day; you just have to make it a priority. People tend to expect this time of year to be busy, and because they expect it to be, it is. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. It's not too late to change those expectations and make time for exercise in your holiday schedule. Here are five reasons to hit the gym this month: 1. Burn calories. This one is obvious. The more you exercise, the more calories you'll have in the bank for any treats you might be coveting: cookies, latkes, candy canes, etc. 2. Clear your mind. The holidays can be stressful. Exercise will help you relax and also boost your mood by releasing endorphins, otherwise known as "’happy chemicals.’ 3. Beat the crowd. With many people on vacation or preoccupied with holiday tasks, gym attendance tends to go down this time of year. If you hate waiting for a machine or working out next to sweaty strangers, now is your chance to exercise in peace. Enjoy it while it lasts. January is peak season for most gyms. 4. Get your money's worth. If you purchased a gym membership back in January and have only used it a handful of times, you might be feeling like your money was wasted. Lessen the guilt by visiting the health club as much as possible before your membership runs out. 5. Claim your ‘me’ time. Feeling overwhelmed? Your gym time is for you and no one else. It's a chance to temporarily put aside all the chores, tasks and obligations of the season.”

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