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Burn off Thanksgiving with DVD exercises; Web sites help find time for workouts

Web sites such as InerTRAIN help time-crunched exercisers fit in workouts. (TWP)
Thanksgiving Weight Gain
Burn off the holiday treats
Spark People: Total Body Sculpting, Acacia

’Tis the season for turkey, stuffing and a slice — or two — of Grandma’s famous pecan pie. For those of us who have trouble fending off the dread holiday weight gain, a new workout DVD might jump-start the calorie burn. “Spark People: Total Body Sculpting” will be released Nov. 20 and will include three interval workouts including a ballet-inspired barre routine (using a chair and weights), an “equipment-free fat blaster” and a dumbbell workout. The 69-minute DVD comes with an interactive exercise calendar and “bonus moves to tone your butt and legs.” ’Tis also the season for exercise DVDs, so if this one doesn’t appeal to you, there will be many others to consider.

Exercise Alternatives
Logging in to work out;

For those who don’t like exercise DVDs and have trouble fitting workouts into their schedule, two new Web sites are designed to help you get moving. helps match those wanting/needing exercise with local fitness classes by allowing them to search by location and the type of exercise they’re in the mood for. Much like restaurant reservation sites, GoRecess allows you to search and book visits — for the standard class rate — online. You can also maintain a fitness calendar, share classes with friends and tweet reviews. There are more than 100 Washington area gyms and studios signed up on the site, which also can provide links to classes in New York and L.A. If group exercise isn’t your thing, helps create personalized workouts you can do on your own, in the privacy of your home or gym. The site matches eager exercisers with a professional trainer who designs e-routines for as little as $9 each. To participate, participants fill out a lifestyle questionnaire and complete a fitness test, which the virtual coach uses to tailor exercise plans to ability and interest.

Maggie Fazeli Fard

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