Thanksgiving Fitness Survival Guide

We know the feeling, so looking forward to Thanksgiving, but also dreading the after effects and the unhealthy roll into the upcoming holiday feasting. Tackle it head on with some top tips for staying healthy(ish) throughout the day without taking drastic measures and cutting things out cold turkey!

 

Tabata before Turkey

Even if you’re not signed up for an annual turkey trot, some early morning cardio is a great way to start ahead of the curve and not let the wonderfully gluttonous holiday get the better of you. Pack in a workout while you can and you’ll be happy you did! Go for your favorite HIIT workout or check out the quick one we’ll be doing below!

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High knees for 20 seconds
Rest for 10

Push-ups for 20 seconds
Rest in child’s pose for 10

Plank for 20 seconds
Plank walk back and forth for 10

Jumping jacks for 20 seconds
Squats for 10

Side plank (right) for 20 seconds
Rest for 10

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Side plank (left) for 20 seconds
Rest for 10

Lunges (left leg forward) for 20 seconds
Rest for 10

Lunges (right leg forward) for 20 seconds
Rest for 10

Repeat five times and remember to stretch it out after!

 

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Water is your best weapon on Thanksgiving.  Drinking water is one of the best (and one of the easiest) things you can do – especially with a large-scale bottle in hand! Begin the morning with two big glasses of water and aim to drink half your weight in ounces throughout the day. If plain water’s not your thing, add some seasonal flavors (think sliced apple and a sprig of rosemary) to drink it down and get in the Thanksgiving spirit. Our Swing Top Water Bottle‘s sleek design looks great on the table.

 

Start with the Veggies

rawpixel-565464-unsplash.jpgDinner plates fill up quickly so one of the best approaches is to start with the salad and veggies first (ideally taking up at least half the plate) and add the higher calorie dishes after. Similarly, start with eating the veggies first and pace yourself. Enjoy your company and conversation and eat slowly! Your waistline will thank you later.

 

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Rally for a Post-Meal Walk

I know, I know, all you want to do after a big meal is slump your way over to the couch and pass out, but try and rally for just a bit of movement. Convince a fellow health-conscious relative or two to get some fresh air and go for a neighborhood stroll. Some light activity will still get your digestion going and ultimately help you sleep better later that night.

 

 

Wake up with a Green Juice

That delicious day-after-Thanksgiving sandwich may be staring at you when you open the fridge, but resist temptation (at least for now!) and blend up a delicious green drink instead!rawpixel-707572-unsplash

Blend together:
2 apples, halved
2 stalks of celery
1 cucumber
1 handful of spinach or kale
1/2 lemon or lime, peeled
1 piece fresh ginger

 

Try out these tips and post-Thanksgiving you’ll still be feeling great and looking forward to the next holiday feast.

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