Last year for Thanksgiving, we reviewed a KILLER workout DVD that promised a huge calorie burn, which was, you know, totally appropriate for a day that is centered around food and watching football. Earlier this week, Erin gave some great tips for tackling the table on turkey day, but we also wanted to get some reader feedback on this day of thanks.
So today we are sharing what you do to be healthy and happy on Thanksgiving. We recently polled our Twitter followers and Facebook fans for their Thanksgiving day rituals, and here’s what we came up with.
mnupp: I used to organize a football game in my hometown, but last year nobody had a football. This year, we’re turkey trotting.
jacaranda67: Every Thanksgiving morning, I walk 5 miles around a nearby lake.
HealthyLoserGal: Not a ritual, but I’m doing a 5k turkey trot fun run/walk to benefit a local food pantry on Friday morning after turkeyday!
befitnpretty: Family 5K Turkey Trot!
Runeatrepeat: My Thanksgiving fitness ritual is running on the treadmill while watching the Macy’s Parade. I rack up the miles!
FitnessToGo: Me and my parents (in their 60s) run our annual family turkey trot around town, which is 4 miles.
LenetteNakauchi: I give my muscles some recovery time by sleeping in! LOL.
spring4fal: I like running the Thanksgiving Day 5k with my 13-year-old daughter. Helps feed the hungry. Slam dunk!
Love2Mags: I do the turkey trot! This year my brother is running with me! He’s a great runner.
Sandy ‘Maloy’ Gaier: I walk the local 5-mile turkey trot in the AM.
Christine Case: I’ll be in Punta Cana this Thanksgiving!!!
Christina Stetler: Last year I ran a mile Thanksgiving morning. It got me in the groove of running and lead me to run my first 5k and 8k this year.
Cristin Slattery Chao: I just signed up for my first ever two-hour turkey day spinning class! I just hope I don’t have to eat standing up!
Hope LaFrazia: I usually try to teach the turkey day spinning class.
Patty Jasper: My gym has a super duper all in one cardio session (combo of Body Step, Body Pump, full-body workout) that goes just less than 2 hours on the morning of Thanksgiving. It’s packed, and it’s a great class. I’m already looking forward to it.
Chrissie Balding Tune: I always start the day off with a turkey day 5K! It makes me feel better about all that eating (and drinking!) I’ll be doing later on.
Jenny: This year I’d love to start the day off with some relaxing yoga, which I’ve recently taken up. I think it’s going to be crucial to centering myself before what is always a hectic day. It’ll also save me some calories if I can cut back on the wine! After the feasting, I go for a powerwalk with the dog and wind down with some stretching.
Happy Thanksgiving and happy fitness holiday rituals to all no matter what they may be! And thank you, dear readers, for coming back day after day! We are most thankful for you. —Jenn