Sidestep the seasonal seven

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By Katy Korkos

Somewhere between “six geese a-laying” and “eight maids a-milking” lies seven pounds of seasonal weight gain for the average American.Seven pounds are the average weight Americans put on between Thanksgiving and New Year, and if the first few ounces crept on yesterday, accompanied by turkey and all the trimmings, Los Alamos County offers ways to work them off.The county’s parks and recreation department is doing what it can to help locals stay fit through the winter, with programs like Skate with Santa and the Luminaria Skate on Christmas Eve, Warm Water Weekends and Wacky Wednesdays at the Aquatic Center, and mile after mile of pleasant trails.The Los Alamos County Ice Rink is celebrating its 60th anniversary this season, and offers recreational skating from November to February, open 120 to 125 hours per week, weather permitting. Skate with Santa is this weekend’s big event at the ice rink, and Santa will be skating and handing out candy canes 6-9 p.m. Friday, 3-6 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday.One hour of ice-skating by an average-sized adult will burn 509 calories, as opposed to 276 calories burned by walking or 254 calories doing housework or even playing golf if you ride on the cart, according to the health and fitness website nutrio.com.Swimming is just as effective as ice-skating, and the Aquatic Center is open from 6 a.m.

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