Thanksgiving has become known as the holiday where we overindulge. In fact, it’s estimated that the average American will eat as many as 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving. HOLY COW! (or should I say turkey?)
Anyways, I know that it’s a super important day for people to spend with their family, friends and those that they love. Of course, food is a great way to bond with each other… but there are other ways that you can spend time with each other. Getting active is a great way to do it!
Here’s why you should get active on Thanksgiving —>
1. It’s really easy to find something to do (aka Turkey Trot!).
I’m pretty sure nearly every city in the U.S. has a Turkey Trot that you can participate in and most of them are 5k distances, and have a run and walk option. They are designed to get everyone out there! Plus, they are early enough in the morning that you can go break your sweat and get back to the cooking without delaying when your dinner will be served.
2. You get to spend QUALITY time.
We forget this, more and more each year I think, about the importance of spending quality time. Not staring at the TV watching the parade and all the football games. Not sitting on your phone to like every Thanksgiving post you see on Facebook.
But actually getting outside, breathing in the fresh air, appreciating nature and spending time with each other. Holding a quality conversation. Looking each other in the eyes. These are the moments that we’ll remember 20, 30, 40 years from now and the moments that will define our memories with our family and friends
3. It creates a new tradition.
Remember the Friends episode when they brought back the football game for the Geller Cup? What a fun tradition! I think if you add an active element, whether it’s playing football as a family or simply getting out and walking after Thanksgiving dinner, it brings a new tradition that you can look forward to year after year.
4. It burns some of those calories!
OK, so it’s hard NOT to overload your plate with all of those awesome dishes that are part of Thanksgiving dinner. And, well, what a better way to start your day than by burning some of those calories and getting yourself a little extra hungry.
5. Exercise is good for you.
No matter how long you go, or what day of the year, getting outside and getting your fit on, is good for you. It’s good for your soul; it’s good for you body; and it’s good for your mind. And it makes it so much better when you have the opportunity to do it with those closest in your life. 🙂
And of course, it means that you can dress the part. I love these new Pacesetter socks from Brooks (they may be available at your local running store!):
Are you running a Turkey Trot? How are you getting active this Thanksgiving?
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