For anyone with ongoing fitness and weight loss goals, Thanksgiving can be one of the toughest days of the year to stay on track. (It’s a holiday that revolves around eating!)
That’s why we’ve put together some tips on how to stay fit during Thanksgiving. If you can keep these five tips in mind, chances are you’re going to feel better about your chances to make it through the rest of the holiday season.
Prepare for the day with a morning walk or run
Get a head start on tackling the big day with some breakfast and a morning walk or run.
There’s no need to starve yourself until the turkey is served — if you go without breakfast, chances are you’ll end up eating worse the rest of the day anyways. And getting active in the morning means you’ll get some calorie-burning in. So even if you’re exhausted at the end of the long day, you can be proud that you didn’t skip out on exercise.
Stick with water
Soda, wine and sparkling cider are definitely tempting, but you can cut out some calories and sugar by sticking with good ol’ water. Plus, you’re sure to be plenty hyrdated when you get back to your normal fitness routine on Friday.
Take part in the annual backyard football game
Even if it’s just tossing the football around, getting outside and involving others is a great way to get away from all the pre-dinner snacks sitting around (like potato chips). On top of that, you can burn some calories and get your heart rate up as you take home the Turkey Day two-hand touch football bragging rights.
Watch what you eat…
Just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to stuff yourself with food until you feel the need to put on sweat pants. You can still enjoy dinner while being smart about your food choices, chewing your food, and not scarfing down your first plate so you can go back for seconds.
…But enjoy your favorite foods and desserts
Being smart about your Thanksgiving feast doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat your favorite foods. It’s more about portion control. As you dish up, think about how much turkey, cranberry sauce and sweet potato caserole you really need.
And save room for a SLICE of pie — not an entire pie. Because finishing Thanksgiving without pie would just be unnecessarily cruel.
What other strategies do you have for keeping up with your fitness goals on Thanksgiving?