Thanksgiving: the one day of the year where all of our health & fitness goals go out the window.
Wait, what? Did you just say ‘out the window?’ Not this year. Whether Thanksgiving means “going all out” or indulging while being mindful of healthy habits, we’re teaming up with Kohl’s to help you #MakeYourMove towards a healthier holiday.
Thanksgiving is about more than just eating more food than your body was designed to handle. While it’s OK to indulge once in a while, we don’t want to ruin all of our great progress in one single holiday. So – get outside, spend time with family and most of all, have fun! These healthy Thanksgiving Day activities will keep you on track to better health.
After the meal has ended and the table has been cleared, the family all retreats to one thing – the couch. This is probably because watching football on Thanksgiving is the ultimate American staple. This year, we’re challenging you to do more than just watch football – we want you to play football. Throw the ball around with the fam. The TV will always be there – so gather your siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, spouse, parents and kids for a friendly game of touch football. Not only is this a fun way to burn off some turkey, it’s a seamless way to create lifelong memories with the family. HUT, HUT…HIKE!
Take a Hike
So many of us use holidays as a reason to take a day off from healthy habits (guilty). But if you’re going to indulge, you might as well make the impact less daunting by getting some type of workout in. We suggest a morning or evening hike (or both) to burn some calories and spend time with loved ones. It doesn’t have to be a hike. If you don’t have trails nearby, take a walk around the neighborhood instead. Or drive to the nearest park and walk a few laps around the baseball diamond. That slice of pumpkin pie isn’t looking quite as dangerous now, right?
Pro Tip: Depending on where you’re located the weather might not be the best. Make sure you and your family are dressed appropriately!
Enter a 5k
Work up that Thanksgiving appetite by participating in a run/walk race! Communities all over the country host annual “turkey trots,” perfect for bringing families together to do something that’s good for them. Most turkey trots are 5k races (or less), so involving the whole family won’t be an issue. Of course, we can’t forget to consider the fitness levels of our family members. Jog if you can but remember there is NO SHAME in walking! Can’t find a Thanksgiving Day race in your area? Create your own! Choose a trail or spot in your neighborhood for the run. Then get creative with it by setting up checkpoints or even making your own t-shirts.
Dance it out!
Make clean up fun – that pile of dishes? Not so daunting when there’s a great soundtrack. Turn on the old tunes that Grandma and Grandpa love to sway to, and some new ones that make the kids Whip and Nae Nae. Get on your feet and enjoy the clean up together. You wash, they’ll dry – and you’ll all sway to the music as you go. Put together a playlist ahead of time with some favorites you all enjoy. Before you know it, the kitchen will be clean and you’ll all be busting out your favorite dance moves.
How will you spend your Thanksgiving? Will you have a major cheat day or stay on track with healthy habits?