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Published November 28, 2010, 07:47 PM

Grand Forks Gyms Fill Up After Thanksgiving

The Grand Forks YMCA is seeing more traffic than usual on a weekend, because this time of year motivates people to become active.

The Grand Forks YMCA is seeing more traffic than usual on a weekend, because this time of year motivates people to become active.

"I don't want to be a fat guy! Come on, man!" said Mark Hale.

Hale is trying to undo some of the damage he did on Thanksgiving.

"We fried up the turkey, and had six different pies! I sampled them all!" said Hale about his recent holiday binge.

He is not the only who said yes to a few extra helpings on the holiday all about eating.

"We can be thankful for our food. But we need to watch our waists. We always pack on the pounds during the holidays," said Donna Craigmile while doing a brisk workout on an eliptical machine.

YMCA employees say it is not unusual to see more people hit the treadmills or grab some weights when the Thanksgiving feast is gone.

"On an afternoon on Sunday you'd think people wouldn't want to come out. They're trying to burn off those calories and get in the swing of things," said Emily Johnson, a fitness instructor at the YMCA.

Johnson says the traffic picks up after Thanksgiving. Aerobics and spinning classes are always at capacity.

"I love this time of year. That's when people start coming a lot more. It's fun seeing new faces," said Johnson.

With Christmas just weeks away, expect to not find an empty machine at the gym.

"It will take me a week to get these five pounds off, but I'll do it," said Hale on his new workout motivation.

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