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Tips for Maintaining Your Physique While Enjoying Your Favorite Treats
Date:11/10/2008

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Ready or not, the holiday season is here. The temptations begin with Halloween candy, continue through Thanksgiving with turkey and pies, merry-making eggnog and potato latkes, and then New Year's toasts. But, it doesn't end there. Next come Super Bowl buffalo wings and Valentine's Day chocolates to contend with. Everyone's stomachs keep expanding with four months of non-stop holiday cooking and feasting.

Enter Helene Phillips, the mind, body and soul guru to the elite dance and fitness world. Helene suggests to people that will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen to try something new this year -- exercising while preparing their tasty meals and treats during the holidays.

"Most of us don't realize that within the kitchen lies our very own private gym," says Helene. "With our heavy pots stored below the kitchen counter and our dishes stored above, the workout becomes continuous simply by reaching for everything." So, instead of gaining that holiday jolly belly this year, the cooking connoisseurs should try maintaining their physiques while still being able to enjoy their favorite holiday treats. Below, Helene shares some of her fun and easy fitness tips that anyone can try in the kitchen...

Holiday Music to Get You in the Mood

First step is for the cook to put on some holiday or dance music in the background. This will help to get into the holiday spirit and the toes tapping to the beat. If the cooking stays enjoyable, then it'll be a fun experience overall.

Prepping the Food AND Your Body

Before prepping the food at hand, taking a few deep breaths will help to increase the supply of oxygen to the body. First, lift the hands and arms high into the air and fill the lungs with a deep inhale. On the exhale, lower the arms and put the hands on the kitchen counter. Looking down at the floor, make sure that the hands are shoulder width apart and that the body is perpendicular to the
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