Does your typical Thanksgiving go something like this: Eat, watch football, eat, watch football, eat, turkey coma, guilt. I propose we add a new healthy twist to Turkey Day, a foolproof way to feel healthy and good that doesn’t involve counting calories. My suggestion: Kick off your day by doing something fit. Starting your day with fitness is a surefire way to fire up your metabolism… and it may even make you think of food differently for the day (translation: you might just pass on that second piece of pumpkin pie). So yes, the reasons are aplenty, but what to do? Most gyms have a pared down schedule, so make sure to check in advance, pre-register if possible, and input it right into your calendar (no excuses). Otherwise, here are a few Valley-wide suggestions that can turn your Turkey Day into a Fitness Day:
Go hiking – Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak are both Turkey Day hot spots, so expect crowds. Another option: a run along the canal, or take Fido for a good long morning walk.
Do a Turkey Day run –Turkey Day runs have become a tradition, and for good reason. You can get out there with family and friends for a morning of exercise and fun. Try Lifetime Turkey Day 5K/10K.
Get fit for charity – Group runs aren’t the only way to burn calories for a good cause. Remedy Pilates & Massage is offering a 75-minute Barre class with Pilates Core (9am-10:15), a donation class to benefit Chrysallis Shelter. Space is limited so be sure to pre-register.
Squeeze in yoga – A mind-clearing yoga class could be just what your Thanksgiving stress levels need. Plus you’ll pre-detox before the beer and buffet. Try Floo-id Yoga 8am Hot Yoga with Beth Beary.
Slot in Black Friday fitness – Don’t let your turkey hangover last through Friday. Skip the malls and chaos for some mind/body detox. Lululemon is hosting a complimentary Black Friday Flow with Brooke Peyman at 7am at StudioMixx in Old Town. For West-siders, there’s Mimosas & Mountain Poses, a free yoga class from 8am-9 (they’ll have mimosas and muffins after class, plus deals on Lole clothing). Be sure to pre-register for both, and bring a mat and water.