Working in Working Out This Holiday Season

Experts say now more than ever, you need to stay active.

It's that time of year when presents are thrown in the bag and exercise is thrown out the window, yet Jonathan Reid knows the holidays are when he needs to knock out a workout more than ever.

"I ate a big dinner and all the trimmings, so I know I needed to get in here and work out, but it was tempting to stay home," he says.

This is a tough time of year if you're trying to stay fit. With a plethora of parties and marathon shopping, your fitness routine may be getting lost in the mix.

David O'Hagan, a Tallahassee resident, says, "It's just that much harder to get back to routine and where you were."

Whether it's a walk around Lake Ella or pumping iron at the local gym to work off that extra helping of Thanksgiving day dinner, experts say it's better to do something than nothing at all.

Studies show the average American gains eight or more pounds over the holiday season, and you don't need those extra pounds to remember the holidays, do you?

Besides keeping your weight in control, experts say working out can help you beat holiday stress.