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Fitness classes to help avoid holiday weight gain

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Written by: Communicator StaffNovember 18, 2017

By: Nicole Winans

Research published in the Journal of Medicine conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases have found most people gain 1 pound during the holiday season due to an overindulgence in food, but many feel as if they have gained 5 to 10.

To combat this weight gain, Athletes With Purpose Sports Training is offering holiday fitness classes on Thanksgiving Day and Dec. 23.

“In order to avoid that bloated, uncomfortable feeling, these classes will offer a way to get moving,” said Annie Morsches, AWP Sports’ business operations coordinator.

The classes will be offered at AWP Sports’ SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse location, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 23 and 8:30 a.m. Dec. 23.

The one-hour sessions cost $5 each or $7 for both with a maximum of 60 participants. To get on the list, visit AWP Sports’ Facebook page or call 260-469-4072.

The classes will be led by a diverse mix of holiday fitness specialists and are open to participants of all ages and fitness levels.

These specialists strive to design interesting, fun and challenging classes to suit every skill set, Morches said.

“From college students home for the holidays to a middle-aged man or woman, these classes will benefit you,” Morsches said. “Whether you are in the best shape of your life or you are a beginner in a fitness class for the first time, these classes will be great for you.”

AWP Sports has hosted holiday fitness classes in the past to provide a workout opportunity during the holidays.

Not only are the holidays a popular time for people to attend workout classes, but they are also a great way to relieve holiday stress by causing the release of helpful endorphins the body needs, Morsches said.

AWP Sports offers an indoor alternative to Thanksgiving 5K’s and races, where participants can still get in a workout before the holiday fitness classes begin.

“We strive to create an atmosphere where each adult feels motivated and comfortable with our unique and scalable workouts to meet the abilities and needs of each participant,” Morches said.

In addition to special classes, AWP Sports typically holds strength training on Mondays and Wednesdays and high intensity interval training on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. They also offer performance, sports and leadership training for athletes.

For more information, visit awpsports.com or email info@awpsportstraining.com.