Trim the Turkey
By: Roxie Lute
Keeping that waistline in check might seem like an impossible task as Aunt Mary Sue fixes her famous 16-layer chocolate cake. It’s known that the average calorie consumption on Thanksgiving is 7,100. Needless to say, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to avoid that overly full guilty feeling.
Schedule your fitness. Schedule your fun. If you usually plan to hit the gym Thursdays, make sure you still make time for that workout even though it is a day for feasting. Waking up an hour earlier to stay on track will have you feeling refreshed and like an overachiever. But beware of the extra dinner roll to make up for it! Check out local gyms and studios that are open on Thanksgiving like Big Fish Yoga in South Jacksonville Beach, who is holding its yearly Thanks & Giving practice at 9 a.m.
Subaru Distance Classic The Subaru Distance Classic half marathon and 6K is held on the morning Thanksgiving Day in Jacksonville, Fla. A portion of each entry will be given to the Mandarin Food Bank. Race participants can give back a little more by bringing in a canned good when picking up race packets or make a $1.00 donation when signing up. This race is sure to leave you feeling accomplished and looking forward to a nice warm turkey. To register visit: http://www.1stplacesports.com/dc.html
Take a Hike Change up the Thanksgiving feast tradition and plan a family picnic, especially one that involves a hike. Surrounding yourself with nature will make the family feel great and will build a deeper connection with those in your life most important to you.
Start a Family 5K Create an annual run or walk with your family on Thanksgiving morning. Let the kids color race numbers the night before for family members, designate the start and finish lines and let the races begin! Award the winner with the first serving of the Thanksgiving meal or even a funky, tin trophy that you pick up at a local thrift store.
Hit a Homerun For larger families, organize a game of softball or football. This will let you burn off some extra calories while also having a few good laughs with family members that you might not always get to spend time with.
Pumpkin Push & Other Games To get the kids active (and maybe the grown-up kids too), line up pumpkins and have participants roll the pumpkins across the finish line. Believe me, it’s harder than is sounds. You might also turn a game of “Duck Duck Goose” into “Chicken Chicken Turkey” or find out who the family hopscotch hero is.
Whether it’s the Lute Family 5K or Chicken Chicken Turkey, take the time to celebrate the gift of healthy living this holiday season.