There’s no need to resign yourself to the weight gain that comes with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas if you have some fitness tricks in your back pocket.
While the commonly cited stat that the average American will consume 4,500 calories at Thanksgiving dinner could be true for some people, they’d have to be pretty committed eaters. The New York Times put together a pretty rich dinner of turkey, rolls with butter, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, sausage stuffing, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and whipped cream — and could only get to around 2,500 calories. Even if you can’t eat all that, you’re going to have a big meal.
Having a workout plan in place ahead of time will help you stay on track through the holidays, which is especially important when you eat a little more than normal.
Here’s what you need — some fast, high intensity and portable workouts that can be done anywhere and won’t leave visiting relatives alone for long.
Women’s Health magazine put together two workouts that can be done anywhere — one uses a cardio machine and one uses body weight. If you don’t have a gym, the cardio workout could be transitioned to a running workout done outside.
Even Pinterest has some great options for at home workouts.
Need a video to follow? Popsugar put together a bunch of 10-minute workout videos that you can do at home.
And of course, running is an endlessly portable and adaptable workout.
Pick your workout, and get going!