5 Reasons To Exercise On Thanksgiving Day

Exercise, even on a normal day, it can be a chore.  And, here we are at ‘Toast’ suggesting you exercise on Thanksgiving?! We know, we know. But hear us out first.

Mina Fiddyment of the Carson Tahoe Health & Wellness Institute is giving us five great reasons we should get moving on this famous for being a lazy holiday. Let’s dive in!

It’s a chance to try something new.

In most cities, there is usually some kind of Thanksgiving Day race, ‘Turkey Trot” or a charity marathon. In fact, in our area you can try:

There are short and long-distance options available, making it extremely accessible for all levels of fitness. One of the great things about these races is that they are held in the morning so you don’t actually have to miss any family, football, or couch lounging time. The only difference is, you’ll feel energized and accomplished at the start of your holiday!

It’s a fun family activity.

Often, exercise is so hard to commit to because we don’t want to do it alone. Thanksgiving brings the whole family together, so why not get them outside for a quick game of touch football, or a long walk around the neighborhood? It’s a fun way to spend quality time together doing healthy and beneficial activities!

Celebrate what you’re thankful for.

At times we may take for granted how lucky we are to celebrate a holiday with family and friends. Use this time to appreciate what you do have, and take care of it better. Taking a walk or a jog during the morning and just admiring the scenery around you, especially in the gorgeous Carson Valley and Sierra Valley, can help put your positivity into perspective.

It’s a super stress reliever.

If you are cooking for the whole family, we know that planning and coordinating can be extremely stressful. Exercise is one of the best stress relievers there is! Plus, it will get you out of the house for a quick reprieve, so you can ‘rock it’ as “the hostess with the mostest!”

You can do good for others. 

Search a community newspaper or event site and see if there is anywhere that accepts food donations or drop-offs.  It isn’t exercise per se, but getting out and doing something productive and helpful for others who are less fortunate can be good exercise for your soul, mind and mood! Being a good neighbor… is always a good idea!

We hope these have inspired you to amp-up your “Turkey Day” with a little extra activity!