Healthy habits don’t stop with the holidays

News Photo by Jordan Spence Keep up with the fruits and vegetables and those little indulgences won't interfere.

ALPENA — Every year plates of cookies, homemade fudge and more can tempt anyone with the strongest willpower.

If people want to eat these treats it’s OK and no one should put extra pressure on themselves Bay Fitness Club Communications Director Sarah Morrison said.

She said physical fitness should be one thing people don’t worry about this time of year.

“My advice would be to not stress about it because once you do it becomes overwhelming,” she said.

When she works with people she tries to talk about the differences between real food and fake, or processed food, she said.

“Real food will help you to feel good. Fake food will make you feel worse,” she said. “You should feel less stressed about restriction and denying yourself treats. Eat more of the good stuff first. If you eat better things throughout the day, like fruits and vegetables you’re not as tempted to eat the bad stuff. Meet your quota of healthy food before you splurge.”

When people eat healthier foods more often their willpower will naturally grow she said.

The other portion to a fit life is physical activity.

Morrison said small changes to someone’s lifestyle help.

“After the age of 25 a good rule of health is for every hour of sitting you do, do three minutes of activity. Long periods of sitting is bad for health,” she said.

If someone sits for a long period of time at a job, she said, they could stand up and pace the office, go for a short walk, or stand while they’re on the phone. The body starts to idle after people sit too much, she said.

If someone is reluctant to try a gym or fitness class she hopes people aren’t intimidated.

“I think we’re our own worst critics. We stay in our heads too much. We should decide without knowing, go to a gym or work class then decided what you think. If you want bring a friend or call a the health club and meet with a trainer,” she said.

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