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:
- Boost your metabolism before you feast.
- Lift your mood before seeing all of your relatives or in-laws.
- It give you a sense of accomplishment even though you may spend the rest of the day sitting around, talking and eating.
- It can become a fun family tradition if you do it with others.
- It is a great chance to reflect on the things you are thankful for.
- It makes lunch taste twice and good and you might not feel quite so guilty if you overeat 🙂
6 Possible Thanksgiving Day Workouts:
- Go for a brisk walk first thing in the morning.
- Check local gym schedules. Some places will offer Thanksgiving morning classes.
- Go for a bike ride. There maybe a cycling group in your area that meets up.
- Workout at home with an exercise video.
- Start your day with a relaxing yoga routine.
- 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:
- Run or walk the “Smoke the Turkey 5k Run and Fitness Walk.”
- Run or walk the “Eastside Turkey Trot.”
- Run or walk the “Holiday Hustle 5k” on Saturday evening.
- Participate in a class at Essence Studio in Perrysburg. Hot Yoga on Friday is free!! Be sure to sign up soon.
- Check out a class at the Bowling Green Community Center. Pass holders can bring a guest for free on November 26, 27, and 28.
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