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Holiday Rush Can Keep Off Extra Pounds

Posted December 20, 2002 4:53 a.m. EST

— Around the holidays, most people are thinking more about Christmas presents than going to the gym, but health experts say there is a way to do both at once! The last-minute hustle and bustle can give you a good workout.

Experts said holiday stress should be the No. 1 reason you work out. Exercise is not only good for your body, but it is also a stress buster.

Athletic trainer Craig Gage said finding a favorite work out can make exercise easier.

"If you can find an activity that you like to do, you're going to do it consistently and it's not going to feel like work," said Gage.

Gage also said running errands burn calories too.

"Anytime you're on your feet you're burning calories," said Gage.

Gage said the average 150-pound person burns about 330 calories shopping for two hours. He said two hours of cooking or house cleaning burns 358 calories.

Gage also suggested taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking quickly through the mall.

"Don't always try and find that closest parking space at the mall," he said.

Lastly, Gage said the average person should exercise for 20 to 30 a few times per week as long as it is enough to raise your heart rate.