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Unpacking the holiday pounds

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By Lia Sestric

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Gyms across the country will soon be full with people wanting to trim their waist lines.

Andre LeClerc had a busy week of eating but was back at the fitness routine inside East Shore Athletic Club Wednesday.

"I ate it all. I didn't stay away from anything," he said.

Health experts say many people have the tendency to overindulge during the holidays and sometimes forfeit their exercise regimen. LeClerc decided to get into a regular workout schedule in October and never backed out of his routine because of the way it makes him feel.

"At 45, I'm in the best shape of my life," he said.

LeClerc got involved with Go Performance, a group workout class at the club. He says the program has helped keep him motivated.

"I'm hooked, I never worked out before just played games and sports," he said.

Fitness instructor Brad Townsend has advice for those looking to get over the entire holiday slump. He says it all starts with small steps.

"The best thing to do is just get out and get moving. Walk the dogs or something just move," he said.

One of the most common New Year's resolutions will be to begin an exercise routine. Townsend recommends setting goals, but make sure they are realistic.

"Start with obtainable goals. Start with a goal of just wanting to get into the gym," he said.


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