Ah, the holidays. Thanksgiving marks the the beginning of that feast-filled season of the year. And if you're like us, it's also is when you start wondering how you're going to fit into your favorite pair of jeans after it's all over. Self-control, you say? Hah! We're talking about Grandma's famous pecan pie. Luckily, there are plenty of fun ways to burn those extra calories. Try these four outdoor activities so that you can splurge and still slip into your pre-Thanksgiving attire.
The name of this activity implies just that: a fun run that occurs on Thanksgiving Day. The tradition began when runners who anticipated feasting on a Thanksgiving meal decided to run before doing so, burning off many calories and therefore preparing themselves to take in candied yams and green bean casseroles. The original Turkey Trot began in the 1940s in Dallas. It was held at Fair Park in the city and consisted of an 8-mile course. Today, many of the cities and organizations that sponsor this event also donate proceeds to local charities. Just type in your city and "turkey trot" into your search bar to find one near you . Registering for this exciting event benefits both your physical health as well as others in need.
Check out your local trails and encourage your Thanksgiving company to tag along for some
outdoor air, sights, sounds, and smells that aren't gravy or stuffing
related. One of the best ways to get some exercise and spend time with
the people around you, hiking never fails to give everyone a sense of
appreciation for nature that can really be elevated during a holiday
that is all about giving thanks. And remember -- some of these trails can
always incorporate other activities such as biking or jogging. Remember
to check the maps for a safe and well-informed expedition!
To many people, cold-water swimming sounds crazy. But this sport takes place in many countries around the world -- some people believe it is a great stress reliever while others
believe it provides health benefits,
such as boosting the immune system and burning major calories.
Whatever the case may be, you don't necessarily have to be somewhere
snowy to take advantage of this sport. Be bold, daring, but safe this holiday season by joining an established group, taking it slowly, and entering the water feet first. This sport will get both your adrenaline and blood pumping! (Note: If you have an underlying health issue, talk to your doctor before attempting this activity.)
watching football on the television while the pies are
baking in the oven, go outside and play football. The great thing about
Thanksgiving is that since your relatives and friends are visiting, you
have enough people to play flag football. Establish your teams, then enjoy the crisp outdoors while getting some great exercise and family bonding. Or, if your family members aren't football fans, play
some basketball or softball. It doesn't take too much equipment
to go to your local park and get involved in some serious game time
before or after feast time.