5 tips to working out on Thanksgiving weekend

It's the morning after Thanksgiving. You wake up in a fog as bits and pieces of last night's meal come back to you. You're still on the couch where you sat to eat your third piece of pie even though you thought you went up to bed. It is in this state that you remember your workout routine that you *swore* you were going to stick to. Well don't fret, here are the tips that will help you work (or waddle) your way back into your normal routine.

1. Wake up early.
Although it seems counter intuitive, this is the time you need to get up to workout. You don't want all that food sitting around any longer than it needs to. Not only that, but working out in the morning can enhance your metabolism and help you sleep better. So drag yourself out of bed and get to it.

2. Start slow.
After eating all that food, you won't have nearly enough energy to get into your normal routine, so luckily for you, starting off slow is your best bet. No need to go straight into that intense cardio or weight lifting. It won't end well for you in your post-Thanksgiving stupor.

3. Walk, don't run.
In the spirit of starting of slow, try to do some walking just to get some light exercise. Maybe walk around the block a few times to warm up. If you usually jog to the gym, take a brisk walk instead. 

4. Drink lots of water.
Although you should *definitely* be drinking plenty of water anyway, this is an even better time to start. Drinking lots of water will help your body digest those three Thanksgiving plates plus dessert you had the night before. Your body will appreciate all the help it can get, trust us.

5. Go easy on the leftovers.
Of course there will probably be *tons* of food left after Thanksgiving dinner. Try your best to resist the urge to do it all again the next day. Try and stick to one plate of leftovers per day. Perhaps for dinner or lunch. This way, you won't be wasting all that good food but also don't have to repeat the cycle of food comas until it's gone.

What's your favorite low-intensity workout? Let us know in the comments!

by Cydnii Jones | 11/22/2017
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