Thanksgiving is a time for family to come together and enjoy one another’s company. For many of us, that involves a lot of eating. It’s not just Thanksgiving dinner either. The entire holiday season will have many of us eating much more than usual. Staying active throughout the holidays is a good way to combat the extra calories. Here are few things you, and the entire family, can try.
Pre-Dinner Family Walk
Many families play a traditional touch football game on Thanksgiving morning. That’s all well and good for those who are able, but it excludes others. To ensure everyone gets the blood flowing this Turkey Day, try a pre-dinner walk with the whole family. Walking is a great, low-impact exercise that includes young and old, and even those with joint pain.
Why walk before dinner? Expending energy before we eat helps our bodies absorb more from food afterwards, boosts your metabolism and converts less of your meal into fat. Conversely, walking after a big meal is not as helpful as people think—especially if we’ve just overeaten. Your body is trying its hardest to digest, and it needs to direct energy to that process. Walking or exercising after a meal can lead to acid reflux or indigestion.
Take Many Fitness Breaks During Commercials
If there’s a lot of sitting around on Thanksgiving Day, spice it up with mini fitness breaks. We all know you can’t watch a football game for more than five minutes without a commercial, so use that time to do some quick stretches or some simple exercises like jumping jacks or windmills.
The best part of this idea is you can adapt to anyone’s needs. From Grandpa Joe to little Suzie, there’s something everyone can do during the break. You can take turns leading the workout to make it fun for everyone.
Exercise While You Shop
The day after Thanksgiving marks the “official” beginning of the holiday shopping season. Many families make a tradition out of heading to the mall or other stores. Being on your feet all day is tiring, but it’s a great way to get in a little exercise.
You can up your exercise while shopping with a few simple tricks. Try parking farther away than you normally would (although that might not be up to you on Black Friday) and opt for stairs over escalators when possible. If you’re stopping for lunch, go for something light and goes easy on the energy drinks and caffeine.
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