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Stroller Strides of Mat-Su Valley Says Plan Ahead to Celebrate with Healthy Choices


Tips for keeping fitness on track during the holiday season

Wasilla, AK (Grassroots Newswire) December 8, 2010 -- The holiday season
is here, with its parties and get-togethers and food-centered festivities.
While it's tempting to put fitness and healthy eating on the back burner
for the duration of the season, Jennifer Hoagland, owner of Stroller
Strides of Mat-Su Valley, says it's easy to maintain your healthy
lifestyle with a little planning.

"Fitness is a commitment you make to yourself," said Hoagland. "The
rewards of sticking to a healthy diet and exercise plan come in the way
you feel and the energy you have to enjoy this hectic and wonderful time
of year with your family and friends. With a little advance planning, you
can enjoy holiday meals and get-togethers while honoring your promise to
make your own good health a priority."

Here are some suggestions to help make sure that you'll start the New Year
feeling fit and strong:

* Plan Ahead: Decide ahead of time what kinds of foods you'll enjoy at a
holiday party and which foods you'll avoid. You don't need to announce
your healthy eating plan. Simply enjoy the foods you select, and your host
or hostess will know you are having a good time.
* Fill 'er Up – with Veggies: At a buffet or a formal dinner, help
yourself to veggies and lower-fat fare, and skimp on less healthy choices.
Your full plate of food will signal other guests that you're enjoying the
meal. Then, focus on the flavor of the healthy foods you've selected and
you will enjoy it.
* Cook light: If you're the hostess, try some new, lighter recipes to
serve your guests. Then, let your guests enjoy your meal before you share
your healthy secret! But, be careful not to nibble your way through the
preparations. Those little "tastes" can add up to big calories.
* Stay Sober – Be Slimmer: You know you shouldn't drink and drive, but
drinking and eating can be hazardous to your health, too. Drinking alcohol
can lead to poor food choices and it also slows down your metabolism.
Drink moderately, if at all.
* Snack Wisely: Take the edge off your appetite by enjoying a healthy
snack before you leave for the party. You won't be as tempted to tackle
the first plate of appetizers or bowl of salty snacks.
* Exercise: Make time for exercise! Taking a walk before or after a
holiday meal pays off with a double health bonus: it kick-starts your
metabolism and helps keep your appetite under control.

If, in spite of your good intentions and planning, you find yourself
over-indulging, forgive yourself and move on, adds Hoagland. "A single
piece of chocolate cake isn't going to sabotage your healthy living plan,"
Hoagland said, "unless you use it as an excuse to sample the rest of the
desserts. Enjoy the cake, and then get back on track."

Stroller Strides of Mat-Su Valley caters to moms by offering fitness
classes that combine enrichment for children with a workout for mom. All
that moms need to participate is an hour of time, their baby and their

For more information on Stroller Strides of Mat-Su Valley, please contact
Jennifer Hoagland at 907-357-3522 or jenniferhoagland@strollerstrides.net.

About Stroller Strides
Ranked among Entrepreneur Magazine's Fastest Growing Franchises in 2010,
Stroller Strides offers classes in more than 1,200 locations in the United
States and Canada. The hour-long classes emphasize cardiovascular
activities and muscle-strengthening exercises using resistance bands and
strollers, allowing moms to interact with their babies throughout their
workout. To further assist mothers in all aspects of their lives, Stroller
Strides partners with Reebok®, LUNA® and BOB®. For more information about
Stroller Strides, including class locations, visit
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