Fitness when the weather outside is frightful

Mon Nov 9, 2009 6:05am EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Baby, it's cold outside.

Or, if you're in the Northern Hemisphere, it soon will be. And that means 'tis the season when extra pounds can pile up faster than frost on a pumpkin.

But fitness experts say that with a little extra effort you can successfully bring your workout in from the cold.

"The real key is to stick with it. Stay motivated and don't let the winter get the best of you," said Kerri O'Brien, an exercise physiologist with Life Fitness, which designs and manufactures exercise equipment.

"In winter we cover up a lot more and we don't have the threat of the dreaded bikinis, so we negotiate with ourselves," she said. "The average American gains eight pounds over the holidays."

And then they hit the gym.

Keith Worts, chief operating officer of the Crunch national health club chain, says attendance always spikes in winter.

"We have about 25 percent more members joining," Worts said. "People can't go outside to run and bike."   Continued...

<p>Bob Radocy of TRS Inc. uses a grip prehensor hand replacement to do pull-ups at a gym in Boulder, Colorado August 21, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>