Stay healthy through the holidays

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 Charles King Fitness Center (CKFC) patrons exercise at the facility on U.S. Naval Base Guam Nov. 28. CKFC staff encourages everyone to stay healthy while celebrating this holiday season. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy Starr
Charles King Fitness Center (CKFC) patrons exercise at the facility on U.S. Naval Base Guam Nov. 28. CKFC staff encourages everyone to stay healthy while celebrating this holiday season. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy Starr

Stay healthy through the holidays

by: MC2 Jeremy Starr | .
Mass Communication Specialist | .
published: December 15, 2012

Charles King Fitness Center (CKFC) reminds everyone to stay healthy while enjoying the holiday festivities.

CKFC currently offers healthy tips such as recipes and regular fitness programs for those looking to keep people fit during the season.

“Life is to be enjoyed and not just endured,” said CKFC Fitness Coordinator Joanna Wyatt. “We often find ourselves unhappy with our current circumstances in life. We have the ability to have whatever happiness we allow ourselves to have and whatever success that we are willing to work for including exercising and keeping fit.”

Wyatt said a good way to stay healthy during the season is to do things that you love that encourage exercise, family time and healthy eating.

“We here at CKFC offer several different kinds of aerobic classes from Zumba, cycle, yoga to TRX and cardio-strength (training),” Wyatt said. “There is something for everyone. We also offer Jiu Jitsu as well as 5K races for the whole family to come and either run or bike.”

CKFC Personal Trainer Miriam Howard said though staying committed to an exercise program is good, healthy eating habits need to be maintained throughout the holiday season.

“Stay active, find healthier versions of your favorite holiday recipes, stay focused on healthy eating habits and use the actual holiday to splurge a little rather than splurging throughout the entire holiday season,” she said.

Personal Trainer Matt Sablan agreed with Howard and advised to avoid overeating.

“Portion control is the key,” he said. “It is okay to have a little bit of everything just make sure your plate is not heaping over with food, and no seconds. If you are craving that dessert that you hardly get to eat then forget about the rice, white bread (and) mashed potatoes.”

The fitness center offers recipes, such as Carribean-spiced roasted sweet potatoes, that are healthy and nutritious.

“Every week we will bring out new recipes all the way through to the New Year to help the people on their weight control and healthy living,” Wyatt said.

Though the battle of the bulge is difficult to fight this time of year, Wyatt offers words of encouragement for those working to keep fit this December.

“Enjoy the holidays, find happiness in the moment and don’t be afraid to work hard for your goals,” she said. “Remember the best things in life are the ones we work the hardest for.

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