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      Staying fit for the holidays

      For many Americans, the holidays are spent with family, but it can also mean eating a lot of food.

      With one holiday down and another to go, many people might dread hopping on the scale once the holiday season is over. However, the New England Journal of Medicine said the average amount of weight gained during this time of year is one pound.

      Christina Bennett of the Marquette YMCA said it is still important to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.

      "You can always focus on a few different things like cardio and strength training. We have a lot of cardio equipment and then the weight machines, getting a full total body workout in. You can also do a group exercise class," said Bennett.

      The Centers for Disease Control said adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate activity every week along with two or more days of muscle-strengthening activities.

      When it comes to the amount of food you should be eating, health educator Jill Fries said try not to overindulge, and keep your portions normal. Fries adds it is important to eat throughout the day because if you do not eat and just wait for the big meal, "Your body goes into starvation mode and then you typically eat way more in that one meal than you would have if you had just eaten normal portions throughout the day."

      Fries said if you are trying to eat healthy during the holidays, you do not have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. Just make sure you are eating a smaller portion.