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How to skip the stuffed gym and get in a Turkey Day workout
Gyms can get nearly as crowded on Thanksgiving morning as stores on Black Friday, but there are plenty of ways to get in that pre-turkey workout without leaving your family to hang out at a packed gym. Here are a few easy ways to feel less guilty about the extra holiday calories:
Working out on Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be another thing to try to cram into a busy schedule. You can work in some fun calorie burners while going about your day. Self magazine suggests doing arm curls with the turkey before unwrapping it, performing a set of jumping jacks each time somebody says “happy Thanksgiving" or practicing various poses during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Don't just watch the Rockettes from your spot on the couch: Get up and gather your family members to perform your own high-kicking routine.
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Play off the pounds
Thanksgiving is all about family, so round up the gang for backyard football. If it's too cold outside, substitute it for a video game competition with active games like Wii sports or Dance Dance Revolution that will get everyone moving while still spending time together. For more active game ideas, visit SheKnows Parenting.com
Just keep moving
Get off the couch and keep moving. Start a new tradition with a pre- or post-dinner walk around the neighborhood. If that's not enough to ease your guilt over a second helping of pumpkin pie, Stack.com offers a full at-home workout to help burn off hundreds of holiday calories.