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The Most Festive Ways to Get Exercise on Thanksgiving Day

When you think about thanksgiving exercise probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s time to change that! Cooking, eating, and cleaning take up a lot of the day, but there’s always time leftover. People tend to spend that time relaxing on the couch, but why not do something that’s more fun and good for you too?! Check out these festive ways to get your heartrate up on Thanksgiving Day.

Backyard Football

Instead of watching football inside, get out and play! Football is a fun activity for people of all ages and activity levels. All you need is a football and some room to run. Establish rules before you begin and decide if you’ll be doing flag, tap, or tackle football. The best part is that it’s all about having fun, don’t stress about winning or losing!

Obstacle Course

An obstacle course sounds overwhelming when you think about it but creating one right in your backyard is easier than you’d think. Utilize some small cones, piles of leaves, tires, ropes, and other things you have around your home to create a challenging and fun obstacle course that everyone can take a turn at! Reduce the risk of competitive arguments by making the end goal to beat your own time rather than everyone else’s. The kids will love this activity since they can help plan and set it up!

Scavenger Hunts

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt? Creating a scavenger hunt outside with tricky clues and exciting prizes is fun for everyone. Plus, it gets people outside and out of your way as you try to cook and clean! People can complete the hunt individually or work together on teams to reach the end faster.

Benefits of Exercising on Thanksgiving Day

Exercising on Thanksgiving Day has tons of benefits! Some of those include:

  • Stress relieving fun – the pandemic is stressful, let loose and forget for a minute by bringing out your inner child as you play outdoors.
  • Calorie deficit – you won’t feel bad about indulging in your Thanksgiving meal if you know you got plenty of activity before and after to help balance out the calories in versus calories out.
  • Creating lasting memories – you aren’t likely to remember a Thanksgiving celebration that includes just sitting inside as much as you are one that includes and exciting outdoor obstacle course or football game! Getting out and exercising will make the day fun and memorable for everyone, rather than just another family meal.

If you or any of your guests suffer from a exercising related injury, take a trip to a nearby urgent care center right away!