This year, let’s make it a fit and healthy Thanksgiving. In this post I’m going to give you some great ideas on how to enjoy your Thanksgiving but also keep it on the healthy side with some easy changes in your recipes, and some quick workout ideas before and after your feast with the family.
Everyone knows cardio is a great way to burn calories. But what you probably don’t know is that we continue to burn calories long after we are done with the workout. Depending on the style, or better yet the intensity of the workout informs how much and long after you continue to burn calories. Aim to do your regular cardio, but save some energy and hit some intervals at the end. Do 20 reps at a high intensity and 10 seconds off for your favorite exercises, or just simply on cardio equipment. Do this for the last ten minutes of your workout and you’ll be burning calories long after your session getting you ready for the holiday meal.
If you are the lucky person that gets to cook this year’s Thanksgiving meal don’t forget to add some veggies like squash, broccoli, asparagus and green beans. You can also add a vegetable stew or soup to the dinner and mix all of these vegetables in one pot. See links below for recipes to spice up the vegetables as well as some ideas to make the desserts healthier. This will help you keep this meal well balanced rather than a carb loaded meal.
After you are done having your fill at the dinner table, instead of letting the turkey and yams put you into a full coma, get the family together and go out for a little walk around the neighborhood with a cup of hot tea. This will help you relax and digest the food better.
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HIT pre and post workout: Pick a two exercise mix that suits you, like running and abs, or jump rope and push ups, or alternate between as many combo exercises as you want. Just make sure the equipment is ready and you stick to the strict 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off cycle mentioned above. I hope this helps you stay on track with your goals pre, during, and post your holiday feasts. If you have any questions or would like me to make you a personalized tabata workout, feel free to email me and I will gladly help you.