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Get a Move On for Turkey Day

By Paula Felps 11.23.15

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for families to gather together and enjoy one of the biggest feasts of the year. But it also has become a popular day for getting up and getting active before or after eating a big meal. According to the American Council on Exercise, enjoying some physical activity before a holiday feast is a great way to rev up your metabolism, boost your energy, and even curb your appetite. Here are some great ways to do just that:

  • Participate in a Turkey Trot run or walk. An organized race is a fun activity for the whole family! Even those who are unathletic can participate, thanks to the walking option. In addition to providing an invigorating start to your day, it’s also a wonderful way to socialize and release stress.
  • Play a game. Even if you want to stay close to home, you can still get out of the house and enjoy a game of flag football, croquet, or even “pumpkin bowling,” which uses small pumpkins as “bowling balls.”
  • Take a hike. You don’t need an official, organized event to get up and move! Enjoy the fall foliage with a brisk hike. Whether it’s a wooded hiking trail or a paved walking trail, a hike is a wonderful way to get up and go. Before you leave the house, make sure you have a fully charged cellphone and are wearing bright, highly visible colors. And leave the earbuds at home — listening to music while walking or running makes you less aware of your surroundings. So take this time to talk with your loved ones!

Can’t get enough? Enjoy more autumn activities with these ideas for fall fun outdoors.