Happy Healthy Holiday

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Thanksgiving is upon us. Time for feasting and gathering together with family, but it is no reason to let your normal workout go out the window. For over 8 years in a row and sporadically before that I have been participating in a 5 mile running race called the Miamisburg Turkey Trot. It is a great way to start the day! The run has been especially fun for me because it has become a family tradition I look forward to every year. If you’ve never tried a Thanksgiving day workout, I encourage you to make to this year your first. Here are some of my tips and ideas to give you a little extra motivation.

6 Reasons to Workout Thanksgiving Morning:

  1. Boost your metabolism before you feast.
  2. Lift your mood before seeing all of your relatives or in-laws.
  3. It give you a sense of accomplishment even though you may spend the rest of the day sitting around, talking and eating.
  4. It can become a fun family tradition if you do it with others.
  5. It is a great chance to reflect on the things you are thankful for.
  6. It makes lunch taste twice and good and you might not feel quite so guilty if you overeat 🙂
@ last year's Holiday Hustle 5K

6 Possible Thanksgiving Day Workouts:

  1. Go for a brisk walk first thing in the morning.
  2. Check local gym schedules.  Some places will offer Thanksgiving morning classes.
  3. Go for a bike ride.  There maybe a cycling group in your area that meets up.
  4. Workout at home with an exercise video.
  5. Start your day with a relaxing yoga routine.
  6. And my personal favorite find a local road race where you can walk, jog, run or race that morning.  More than likely it will be called a Turkey Trot.

Some Ways to Stay Active in the Bowling Green / Toledo Area on Thanksgiving Weekend:

  1. Run or walk the “Smoke the Turkey 5k Run and Fitness Walk.”
  2. Run or walk the “Eastside Turkey Trot.”
  3. Run or walk the “Holiday Hustle 5k” on Saturday evening.
  4. Participate in a class at Essence Studio in Perrysburg.  Hot Yoga on Friday is free!! Be sure to sign up soon.
  5. Check out a class at the Bowling Green Community Center.  Pass holders can bring a guest for free on November 26, 27, and 28.

Other Thanksgiving Day Workout Resources:

http://www.active.com/running/Articles/Time_to_Run_Your_Turkey_Off.htm

http://www.bicycling.com/training-nutrition/training-fitness/survive-thanksgiving-3?cm_mmc=BicyclingNL-_-2010_11_23-_-slideshow-_-survive_thanksgiving

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