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November 20, 2012

These workouts can help keep post-feast pounds at bay

Try a new DVD or online services this indulgent holiday season.

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'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 dreaded holiday weight gain, a new workout DVD might jump-start the calorie burn.

SparkPeople: Total Body Sculpting (Acorn Media, $16.99), released Tuesday, includes 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."

Now, for an exercise alternative: Log in to work out.

For those who don't like exercise DVDs and have trouble fitting workouts into their schedule, two new websites are designed to help you get moving.

GoRecess.com helps match those wanting/needing exercise with local fitness classes by allowing them to search by location and the type of exercise that 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. Traveling? It can provide links to classes in New York, Washington and L.A.

If group exercise isn't your thing, InerTRAIN.com 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.

Participants first fill out a lifestyle questionnaire and complete a fitness test, which the virtual coach uses to tailor exercise plans to ability and interest.

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