Whether you only slightly indulged or you completely forgot about that little thing called portion control, a post-Thanksgiving Day workout is a great way to make yourself feel better and start working off some of those extra calories that you downed. But, wait, you say! You don’t feel like getting out of those sweatpants yet?! No need to worry as a workout doesn’t require that you get dressed up (or even put on your makeup ladies). So stay in your sweats and lace up your sneakers and go get your exercise on.
If you are a runner, heading out for an easy three to five miler can be one of the best ways to get your body in motion and those calories dropping. Every minute spent running is one of the best and most efficient ways for a person to burn calories. If you are not at a place where you can run for a significant amount of time (i.e. more than just a few minutes), try going for a walk/run interval workout. Interval workouts are a great way to burn calories and will push you harder than solely walking. However, if the thought of any sort of running is just too much to bear don’t worry, just put on some extra layers and go for a brisk walk. As long as you are getting out there and doing something, you will be helping yourself to get back on track and lose some of those Thanksgiving Day pounds.
Workout classes are also a great way to get back into the swing of things. Whether it is yoga, Zumba, spinning or something else, workout classes are a great motivator and accountability system. If you aren’t already part of one that is going on or you don’t have the money to sign up for ones that are, do something similar in the comfort of your own home. For instance, try setting up a circuit workout where you start off jogging in place, and then do a set of jumping jacks followed by squat jumps, push-ups, planks and more. Circuit workouts are a great way to get your body moving and working out various muscle groups. If you don’t think you can come up with one on your own, try Googling one for your skill level or comment below and we can give you some more specific ideas.
No matter what exercise route you choose to take, just make sure you do something. Sitting on the couch will only make you more tired and more apt to heat up the leftovers and have another Thanksgiving size meal. So send the leftovers home with your company and set yourself up for a healthy remainder of the year by getting back into your workout routine.