Get moving to ward off extra holiday pounds

Chris DeVille, Columbus Alive

Every Jan. 1, after topping off three straight months of fun-size candy, pumpkin pie and Christmas cookies with a hearty plate of pork and sauerkraut, people resolve to get in shape.

Many of them give up this pursuit quickly, opting instead for a winter of caloric comfort. Working out is tough enough when the weather is gorgeous. Throw in frigid winds, gray skies and slushy streets, and catching up on the DVR begins to feel less like an option and more like a responsibility.

Then comes the day of reckoning, be it spring break, the first day of summer or that beach vacation that once seemed so inviting. Pick your paunchy poison. The exercise-avoider says to himself or herself, "I wish I would have worked out this winter."

It doesn't have to be this way. Winter workout options extend far beyond living room lunges and endless drudgery on the treadmill. To wit, we've compiled an array of fun ways to stay in shape indoors this winter, a guide to the gear you'll need to brave the elements and a collection of healthy updates to holiday recipes.

After you fend off those winter pounds, you won't be afraid to shed those winter sweaters. In an insanely image-conscious society, ain't that the American dream?