By Lily Perez |Asst. A&E Editor|
Maintaining a good weight can be hard, especially during the holidays.
The CSUSB Recreation and Fitness Center (Rec Center) has just the right thing to help Coyotes through this tough holiday season.
The Maintain Don’t Gain: Holiday Challenge, is a program geared to help participants say no to those extra calories during the holidays and say yes to a healthier lifestyle.
Holiday parties, family dinners and Christmas stockings stuffed with goodies; you name it, all the extra calories add up, causing most Americans to gain pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s every year.
“It’s hard to eat healthy during the holidays because you are always surrounded by all kinds of great food that most of the time isn’t always healthy,” said senior Ninivet Villalobos.
This challenge will definitely help participants make healthier choices when preparing for Thanksgiving Day.
“This challenge sounds like something that could help and make you think twice before going for seconds,” said Villalobos.
The challenge is an independent and self-directed program where students can expect weekly emails with tips on how to develop healthy habits.
These emails will also serve as encouragement to keep Coyotes motivated throughout the course of the eight-week long challenge.
Although this is an independent challenge students shouldn’t feel discouraged and invite their friends to join along with them.
Everyone loves a workout buddy, and having a friend join can make this experience easier and more fun.
Joining with a friend will allow participants to keep each other in check when wanting to eat an extra slice of pie.
Students will have an initial weigh-in during the week of Nov. 17-26, and will then have a follow up weigh-in after the New Year, during the week of Jan. 5-16.
Participants can schedule their weekday appointment for their weigh-in at the Rec Center Personal Trainers office from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and can contact Fitness Coordinator Barry Green Jr. for any questions concerning the challenge.
Thanksgiving can be an especially
tough time to decide to eat healthy, with temptations all around; don’t lose your will to complete the challenge.
“I don’t really have trouble working out and staying active, what I struggle with the most is the food part because I just love to eat so I think maybe this challenge could help with that especially with the holidays coming around,” said senior Jasmin Perez.
Those who either manage to lose or maintain their weight during the holidays will be rewarded by being entered into a raffle for the chance to win exciting prizes.
Let the chance of winning a prize be that extra nudge you need to join the Maintain Don’t Gain: Holiday Challenge.
Say no to that extra slice of pie and treat yo’ self to a better and healthier treat this holiday season.