Staying healthy this holiday season

Health experts recommend staying active in order to avoid the extra pounds this holiday season. Jennifer Munoz (WGXA)

MACON, Ga.-- The holidays have begun and people here in Middle Georgia want to stay healthy and fit this year.

After eating a lot of turkey this Thanksgiving Devin Ripple said it was tough getting up Saturday morning to work out.

"When you get fit it's all about being determined, it's all about wanting to get up and go to the gym no matter what," said Ripple.

He is sticking with his goal this holiday season and said others should too.

"Like imagine yourself in the future, imagine what you look like and imagine what you'll get from that goal," Ripple said.

Ripple said it doesn't take much to stay active. You can start with just 30 to 45 minutes a day.

A simple way you can stay active is by walking, you can take your family out for a walk around the neighborhood or the park.

Naomi McKensie, a nutritionist with Coliseum Health System said how much you eat is also very important during this season.

"Say a large dinner plate and you are loading it up and pilling in everything, you could easily be consuming over what your adequate nutrition would typically be," said McKensie

This doesn't mean you have to completely cut back on those traditional holiday foods.

McKensie recommends using a smaller plate with smaller portions.

"Take a little bit of everything that would probably be the best thing for you do and that way you sample everything but then you aren't going over board," McKensie said.

People should especially limit foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar.

Another option is finding alternative ways in preparing the food like baking instead of frying.

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