Fitting in Fitness on Thanksgiving
At the start of the holiday season, many people struggle to find ways to stay physically active. As schedules become busier, personal health often gets put on the back burner. Just because you may be traveling or hosting Thanksgiving dinner, does not mean that your fitness has to fall to the wayside. Here are four useful tips to help you get moving and stay on track with your fitness goals this Thanksgiving:
1. Sign up for a local fun run. Many cities across the country host their own Thanksgiving fun runs or walks, which typically range anywhere from one mile to a half marathon. Lace up your shoes this year and participate with family and friends to make it more fun. Accomplishing a run or walk early in the morning will help you feel better physically and mentally throughout the day!
2. Take activity breaks. Heading out for a quick walk right after you throw your turkey or casserole into the oven is a perfect way to squeeze some steps into your busy day. Throwing a football around the backyard between dinner and dessert is another fun way to be active with family and friends. Not only can it be fun, but it’s a good excuse to be active, and will also help aid in digesting your post-turkey dinner.
3. Pack your workout gear. If you’re traveling for the holidays, make sure you are equipped with proper shoes to walk around in. You can also pack small workout equipment like resistance bands or a jump rope. These items fit nicely into a suitcase and are easy to use while on the go.
4. Form a plan. All it takes is 10 minutes to squeeze in a workout, so be creative! If you are traveling, book a hotel with a gym or a pool to squeeze in a workout during your stay. If you are the one hosting, find out about your gym’s guest policy or look for a fun class to attend with family or friends! It is more fun and motivating when you have company.
In the end, remember that Thanksgiving is just one day. Incorporate physical activity into your day as a form of self-care and as a way to create fun memories with family and friends. Learn more about fitting in exercise and other wellness programs offered by Wellness Workdays.
Written by: Marisa Seitz Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern