There are a few other traditions that take place during the holiday. Turkey Trots and Jingle Bell Runs are popular races and usually are family-friendly 5Ks.
Or, if the run/walk isn't enough of a challenge, holiday triathlons are also popular. If there aren't any local events, then create your own. Get your friends and neighbors involved, too. You can crown the winner and hand out prizes to top off the event.
Work It Out
If football or running isn't your thing, why not make time for a workout that suits you? That could be a problem if you're usually a gym rat because most facilities will be closed on Thanksgiving or Christmas. But that's OK because it's easy to create a home routine.
All you'll need is some open space, your own bodyweight and a timer. Completing an interval-bodyweight circuit will burn calories in a short amount of time. Plus, because there's not any heavy or dangerous equipment, the routine is safe for exercisers of almost any age or ability level.
Here's an at-home fitness plan. Perform each exercise as many times as you can in 60 seconds. Then, rest for 30 seconds before moving on to the next exercise. Repeat this routine 2 to 5 times based on your current fitness level and exercise ability.
- Jumping Jacks
- Bodyweight Squats
- Alternate Lunge
- Leg Raise
- Plank Holds
- Mountain Climbers
Repeat 3 to 5 times.
Stay in shape in a fitness class.