If you’re like us, you’re probably still in a Tryptophan-induced haze from eating too much of Mom’s delicious turkey feast this Thanksgiving. Luckily, there are some great ways to get up and get active on “the day after,” and any other day you’re feeling a little extra stuffed!
1. Go for a Walk
Walking is a low impact exercise that won’t tax your body too much and it’s a great way to get up and get moving, even if your energy is a little sapped. Get your heart pumping with a brisk walk around the neighborhood and include the whole family!
2. Get in the Water
Swimming is a great way to burn calories and get the heart pumping without having any sort of negative impact on your muscles and joints. Just make sure the water isn’t too cold before you dive in!
3. Go Hiking
Similar to walking, hiking is a little more strenuous, but tends to burn more calories. It’s also a great family activity and, if you pick the right hiking spot, you might be rewarded at the end of your exercise with an incredible view.
4. Throw the Ball Around the Yard
Thanksgiving is a time for family and, for many Americans, it’s also a time for football. Whether it’s just a Father-Son game of catch or the entire family gets involved in a game of backyard ball, you’ll be outside and active. Who says working off our Thanksgiving bellies can’t be fun?
5. Stand Up Paddleboard
If you’re lucky enough to be based somewhere warm for Thanksgiving, SUP is another relatively low impact exercise that’ll help you enjoy your post-Thanksgiving days while also working off all that turkey and stuffing you ate! You can SUP on the ocean, lake, or pond and there are a variety of activities you can do from your board (like fishing, for example).
Thanksgiving is a day for fun, family, and feasting! Even the most fitness conscious of us tend to use it as a day off or “cheat day.” But don’t let it take down your fitness entirely and do some of these low impact exercises the day after to get back into the swing of things!