Part of what makes Thanksgiving so awesome is all the delicious food! You will probably be eating some things that aren't good for you. And you'll also probably consume quite a few extra calories, too.
Turkey, potatoes, squash, pie, stuffing, gravy.... it becomes too easy to overindulge. I'm not saying you should eat whatever you want... there are consequences to those actions... however.... here are some quick and easy ways to INCREASE your energy expenditure to help mitigate some of the negative effects of Thanksgiving overconsumption.
The idea is to deplete your glycogen stores before attending the big Thanksgiving meal with lots of food, so less of the excess carbohydrates you consume will be stored as fat.
1. Get Walking. This is really the easiest thing you can do. No excuses... grab your spouse, your kids, a friend, a coworker, or your dog and go for a walk. Walking at a quick pace to get your heart rate up has significant positive health benefits. Aim for at least 30 minutes.
2. Try A Tabata. A tabata only takes 4 minutes! The structure is as follows: workout hard for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, complete 8 rounds. You can pretty much use any exercise you wish. Squats, push ups, burpees, sprinting, mountain climbers, lunges, skipping, biking... you get the idea. Use www.tabatatimer.com to have a visual and auditory timer to queue you along.
3. Burpees For Time. Burpees are an excellent full body exercise. If you don't know how to do them, ask one of our team members to demonstrate or just do a quick search on youtube. Depending on your fitness level, pick the number of reps you'd like to complete (10, 30, 50, 100 etc.) and time yourself.
4. Air Squat Challenge. Another great exercise targeting large muscle groups. Pick a number, lets go with 100. Your goal is to accumulate 100 air squats throughout the day. You can do them all at once, or break them up into smaller sets. For example, do 10 sets of 10 squats throughout the day.
There you go, pick one, a couple or all of these mini exercise ideas and enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend :)