Here’s the only answer to the questions regarding how long it takes to burn off a macaroon, chocolate chip cookie, piece of cake or any other of the holiday foods that people obsess over; I don’t care and neither should you.

Stop wasting your time, energy and effort worrying about burning calories just because you’ve eaten a food you a so-called expert has decided is “bad.”  Personal trainers and nutritionists who preaching this kind of “calorie-burn” nonsense should be embarrassed, as they are doing a huge disservice to those they should be helping.

Do you worry about how to burn calories after eating a salad, piece of grilled chicken or fish, or a stir fry?  If you worry about this kind of stuff, you have bigger issues.  If your trainer or nutritionist is feeding you this kind of info you should move on.

I’ve come to accept that I’m a lone voice in the woods when it comes to this philosophy and I also don’t care to argue with people who want to obsess over how many calories they eat and, in turn, how they can burn them off. 

There are enough people out there who are sick and tired of being preached to by the no-fun-allowed wing of the fitness profession, and these are the people I want to reach.

Exercise should not be a means to manage body weight and body weight is not a measure of fitness or an improvement in fitness.  If you firmly believe that the scale is an accurate way to measure health and fitness move along and go watch re-runs of “The Biggest Loser” while doing some low-intensity cardiovascular exercise.

I want people to have fun eating, drinking and exercising and as a result make positive associations between the three.  I love hearing my very fit and capable clients and friends talking about how much they enjoyed a meal, party or workout – or all three – and sharing stories with them about food, drink and exercise. 

This approach – moderation in all aspects of life – is one of the major reasons that 90% of my clients have been with me for 8 years or longer and my newest clients have enjoyed an incredible improvement in their fitness level.

My clients recognize that I practice what I preach, which further reinforces my message. So ignore the folks who are concerned with burning off cookies or any foods that you enjoy eating, you’ll be fine.  Have fun, it’s the holidays.

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