10 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy This Thanksgiving.
Here’s some serious food for thought: People probably consume 3,000 to 5,000 calories around the Thanksgiving table. Yikes. While eating often takes center stage during the holidays, that doesn’t we have to give up on good health. Check out these tips for a fit and healthy holiday, without sacrificing any flavor or fun.
1. Get outside.
Up early? Go for a walk or run to enjoy some pre-festivities alone time, or grab your favorite second cousin to catch up. For something a bit more competitive, round up a group of family or friends and hit the backyard or local park for some flag football.
2. Do it fast.
Don’t have an hour to hit the gym? Don’t worry. Try an at-home circuit workout, Tabata training, or a Greatist Workout of the Day. All take 20 minutes (or less!) to get in a good workout.
3. Split up the chores.
Everyday activities (like tidying up the family room) can burn more calories than you’d think. So offer to do the dishes or swiffer the floor—not only does it lend a hand, it gets you moving too!
4. Bust a move.
Nothing says family bonding more than a dance party. Gather a group, turn up the tunes, and get the blood flowing. It may help you digest all that stuffing too.
5. Find a turkey trot.
If up for the challenge, run a race Thanksgiving morning! Find a Turkey trot in your town (they range from a totally doable one-mile to 10K), sign up, and add crossing the finish line to your holiday to-do list.
Before heading to the kitchen, keep these healthy tips in mind to enjoy the festive food without going overboard.
6. Eat in the a.m.
Skipping breakfast in order to “save your appetite” for dinner probably isn’t the best idea. Not breaking the fast ‘til the afternoon may lead to binging later on (read: four servings of mashed potatoes).
Make sure to drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Not drinking enough H2O could spark hunger pangs, which may actually be thirst.
8. Go easy on the apps.
Cheese and crackers can happen any day of the year. Save your appetite (and calorie consumption!) for dinnertime.
9. Use a smaller plate.
Stick all those Thanksgiving sides on a smaller plate. Research shows it’ll help you eat 22 percent fewer calories, while a bigger plate of food may be licked clean, even if we’re not hungry.
10. Dim the lights.
Studies suggest that eating in softer light may lead to consuming less food. So create a nice intimate ambiance that everyone will love.