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This is How to Have an Active Thanksgiving
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This is How to Have an Active Thanksgiving
Staying healthy during this season of overeating is more fun than you may think. A few new games in your routine will a lot more fun to that stuffy and delicious holiday dinner. The meal will always be the main event but what you can do leading up to it and shortly after will make a huge difference the next day. Most people feel like they ate too much and regret it. But why do you have to feel bad about spending some quality time with your loved ones?
Say No to TV, Yes to family
“Disconnect from the TV and smartphones and take a family walk before or after the meal,” Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin, the Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of The Barre Code. say. This is great to spend time with loved ones as well as improve circulation and digestion. Walking after dinner is an ideal way to help digestion and burn calories. It’s a healthy habit that is a matter of safety, too, considering how big of a problem obesity is.
Play a team sport
“Organize a family team sport like touch football pre-dinner to get a good sweat on and your metabolism going before you enjoy a big meal,” Lorenz and Chernin say. Metabolism is the process through which the body converts what a person eats into energy. A lot of people blame (or thank) their metabolism – whether slow (or fast) – for their weight gain (or loss) or inability to slim down.
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Run a turkey trot
Sign up for a turkey trot run in your city. For runners and non-runners alike, participating in turkey trots is among the country’s most popular Thanksgiving Day traditions. There are about 1,000 Turkey Trots across the U.S., typically 5Ks or 5-milers, and ranging from the seriously competitive to serious fun.
Do a workout class in the morning
Drop into a morning workout class, Lorenz says. Many of their Barre Code studios around the country offer a “Turkey Burn” Thanksgiving Day class so you can work up a sweat before eating and drinking later that day. You can also take a Barre Code On Demand workout class, available as an app or via your computer, Apple TV, Roku and more, while you have a break from cooking in the morning before guests arrive.
Stay on your feet while you prep
Cooking, cleaning, setting up the table – these are all activities for which you need to move a lot. If you think about it, you’re assuming the position for a squat or deadlifts. Whether you are scrubbing the floor, vacuuming, bending over to pick up items, or washing dishes, you are constantly moving, and burning calories without even realizing it. Research has shown that just a little light housework can burn up to 170 calories an hour.
With thousands of spectacular trails in every state, you are a short drive away from an amazing trail. Reconnect with nature and with you family as you look to find an adventurous retreat spot for the weekend. You’ll witness the unspoiled beauty of glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, wildflowers, wildlife.
Play a party game
Do laps around the house with the kids. Channel your extra energy into an active adventure outside the house. All-time favorites are the classic games of Capture the Flag or Treasure Hunt. Playing a Nerf game may be a good option too. It doesn’t have to involve kids shooting at each other; they can shoot at other targets, such as cups or flashcards.
Play football, don’t just watch it
Or at least organize a quick game at halftime or just before the game is supposed to start. Get your metabolism up so you can burn more calories while you’re resting and watching TV. Don’t let the snow, if there is any where you are, stop you. Snow football has some benefits. The field is much smaller so you can score much faster. It will probably take two runs. When you are tackled or get sacked, you fall on the snow, which is a softer surface than concrete or turf.
Getting outside to help others whether it’s with serving meals or organizing a charity or a fundraising event will certainly get you physically moving a lot. But volunteering has mental benefits as well. It makes people feel happier, purposeful and self-confident, according to a York University study. Volunteering is good for the body and mind, other research also shows. The biggest benefit is feeling connected to other people. This helps to ward off loneliness and depression.
Take a family bike ride
Urban areas have adapted and become more bike-friendly. This is a fun way to maintain your fitness level and have fun with the kids at the same time. City bike paths, which are usually awesomely scenic, continue to expand, connecting more districts and whole cities, providing an opportunity for the ultimate trip.
The process of finding new and interesting places is sure to entertain the kids. A scavenger hunt is a playful and adventurous game that could take you all over your city or town. If you have the time (and are an overachieving perfectionist) you could custom-make a special hunt. Or you could check the web for a version of scavenger hunts guided by an app. It’s fun for parents to be kids as well.
Group outing on Black Friday
Many people refuse to go shopping on Black Friday for obvious reasons – the discounts are not worth the crazy crowds, the long lines, the chaos and time away from family. But you don’t have to be stuck at home either. While everyone is at the stores, join your friends and hit the road early on Friday; go outside to enjoy some peace and quiet in nature.