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Avera Medical Minute AMcK: Turkey Burn helps keep off those holiday pounds

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Travis and Mary Venner are working off their "tail feathers" with instructor Karri Stearns for 'Turkey Burn' Travis and Mary Venner are working off their "tail feathers" with instructor Karri Stearns for 'Turkey Burn'

From Halloween to New Year's Day, it's no surprise that most people tend to indulge on treats and sweets. But the Avera McKennan Fitness Center is helping keep your bathroom scale in check this holiday season.

Let's face it, everyday is a good day to go to the gym. But with the holidays rapidly approaching, it's probably more important than ever to get working out.

"There's so many people who say they gain 5-10 pounds during the holidays so we put this incentive program together for our members to help with accountability yet make it fun." Said fitness instructor Karri Stearns.

It's called 'Turkey Burn' and is a special workout program at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center. like the name implies, it targets one specific holiday meal.

"I read an article that the average Thanksgiving meal in the United States is 3000 calories! So it's nice to get a good burn in before that Thanksgiving meal comes around." Said member Travis Venner.

While preparing for that feast is a great motivator for Travis, he says just signing up is also a motivation.

"If you have a goal and sign up for something it will make you more accountable to come into the gym, workout, and have better health overall." Said Venner.

And who could say no to a little friendly competition? Every fifth workout, participants earn a feather to pin on the turkey.

"Just that little extra receiving a reward may help people to maintain coming in and exercise and feel good about themselves." Said Mary Venner. 

With every workout logged, they can also earn a T-shirt to help motivate others to join in and start working off their tail feathers.

"They have to earn their first feather, they have to do 5 work outs and then they get their free shirt." Said Stearns.

The 'Turkey Burn' is a group but the workouts are what you make them. If you want to walk, you can walk. If you're like the Venners and are training for a marathon, you can push yourself a little harder.

"It's not a weight reduction program or an incentive to lose weight, this is an incentive just to maintain our weight." Said Stearns. 

The goal of the 'Turkey Burn' is help encourage physical fitness before turkey day rolls around with the hope that participants continue their workouts after the feast.

"It's a good program to start, you don't have to be an elite athlete or running 5K's but you have to start somewhere." Said Venner.

So when that pumpkin pie is passed around the table you'll know you've truly burned and earned it.

According to a recent study, Americans on average only gain about one pound over the holidays. But that doesn't mean you should avoid the gym. For more information about 'Turkey Burn' or becoming a fitness center member just call 877-AT-AVERA.

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