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Published December 23, 2009, 08:42 AM

Tips on staying healthy during the holiday rush

(WDAY TV) - It's the time of year when we all tend to eat a little differently than usual. With holiday baking, parties and treats at work, the calories add up fast. Here are some simple tricks to help you get all the joy and jolly without the jiggle.

By: Kelsey Soby, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - It's the time of year when we all tend to eat a little differently than usual. With holiday baking, parties and treats at work, the calories add up fast. Here are some simple tricks to help you get all the joy and jolly without the jiggle.

Uniform in sweats and sneakers, this team of gym goers is in training for the holidays. Like any challenge, you have to have focus, motivation, and a goal. Sara Kovach is getting fit for her spring wedding.

The smell of warm sweat on cold iron, a reminder that reaching your goal takes hard work, but trainer Kelly Kisell says you can do it. Many of us are short on time this time of year, but Kisell says even a short workout, just twenty minutes, makes a difference. If it's high intensity, he says it's actually as good as a 45 to 60 minute moderate workout. Many calorie cutting tricks happen outside the gym, like having a smaller plate.

Here are some other simple ways to prevent holiday weight gain:

-You can offer healthy snacks like veggies, along with the Christmas cookies.

-Try to drink a glass of water before you eat. It helps you feel full.

- Make sure to limit your alcohol intake. That's empty calories.

- And try not to eat late in the day, leave the bedtime snack for Santa.

The holidays often feel like a race. The key is having a plan for how you want to finish.

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