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Be a

Party Girl

Have fun, be trim, stay healthy with tips from Donna Richardson

This Holiday Season

Dallas-based fitness and health expert Donna Richardson


onna Richardson probably gets invited to tons of parties. The Dallas-based fitness and health expert is widely loved, and that fact has been well documented. In 2006, for example, Essence Magazine named her one of the 25 most inspiring women in America. The accolade was hard-won. Richardson began her career by teaching aerobics classes at a local spa for $3.25 an hour. It was the 1980s and she recalls wearing tights and brightly colored spandex. After all, this was the era of Jane Fonda.

Drink water Down a glass of water after each alcoholic drink. When it comes to alcohol, opt for champagne, because it's lower in calories and the bubbles may help you sip slower and feel fuller. Plus, it's festive.

These days, Richardson is heavily involved with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Initiative and has served on the President's Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition since the Bush administration. Those experiences require a bit of gravitas – the White House is notoriously buttoned-up – but trust us, Richardson still knows how to boogie. Dancing is a passion of hers, and she encourages you to do lots of it this holiday season.

Bring your own Prepare a delicious and healthy appetizer like roasted Brussels sprouts or lean turkey meatballs. By doing so, you'll ensure there is at least one thing on the table you like and will not feel guilty about eating.

“Stay on that dance floor, keep dancing,” Richardson says. “Think, 'I didn't get to the gym, but I'm going to dance my booty off!'”

Photo by Derrick Brown

We asked her to share a few tips for keeping trim in the coming months. Read on to glean her wisdom.

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By Elizabeth Barbee

Enjoy a fibrous snack Munch on an apple or pear before heading to your next shindig. “It will help you feel full and will keep you from picking up that extra piece of cake at the party,” Richardson explains. More into the savory? Avocados and broccoli are also good options.

Prioritize Which would you prefer? An alcoholic drink or a cupcake? Richardson recommends you decide before you get to the party. Commit to only indulging in one of the two options.

Carry a clutch Keeping your hands full makes it harder to reach into a bowl of chips. If you're not a clutch person, hold a glass of water. Be active Bond with your family while the turkey is baking by popping in a fun, high-energy workout DVD. Richardson is a firm believer that fitness brings people together. After all, everyone can relate to having a body. “All nationalities and ages and races – we all got the same body,” she says. “The heart and lungs and everything inside is pretty much the same.”


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