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Happy, healthy holiday tips - Get up and move

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The holiday season is a festive time of the year, and those festivities usually include special foods. Is it any wonder that most adults will gain one to two pounds between November and January? The bad news is the one to two pounds becomes permanent for most people. It may not seem like much, but when we gain that much year after year, it eventually leads to overweight and obesity. It is possible to avoid gaining weight during the holidays, but it takes some planning and preparation.

Get up and move

Physical activity reduces stress, boosts the immune system and creates changes inside the body that lead to better health. It will not make up for all the extra calories that we are likely to take in during the holiday season, but it can help develop a healthy habit that may make it easier to take off any weight that you gain after the holiday season ends.