Have a Healthier Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving officially kicks off the start of the holiday season, bringing with it plateful after plateful of food. It’s hard to say no to dishes we may only get to enjoy at the holidays, so it’s all about finding balance.

Eat small portions of the foods you love and follow the tips below to stay a little bit healthier on Thanksgiving and in the coming months.

Get active before dinner
Plan time to get moving before the dinner celebrations start. While you’re at it, gather friends and family to join in as well. Sign up for a local Turkey Trot, play a game of touch football or head out for a hike.

Only fill your plate once
Indulge once, enjoy every bite and then leave it at that. Listen to your stomach for hunger cues and only get seconds if you really need them. When choosing seconds, identify the healthiest option, likely a vegetable dish, and go for that.

Shop and burn calories
Heading out to the mall bright and early Friday morning is a tradition for many people. Use this opportunity to burn a few additional calories, balancing out all the eating from the day before. Park your car further back in the parking lot and take the stairs when you can.

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One Response to Have a Healthier Thanksgiving

  1. I cancelled my membership for LA Fitness and returned to Charter Fitness, Oak Lawn, Il., this week. Abe, the Oak Lawn manager, made me feel so welcome upon my return! It has been almost four years since I left Charter Fitness, and he remembered my name and greeted me warmly. I am 67 years old, not part of the youth demographic that is so prominent in most fitness centers, so his remembering me was especially appreciated. Nothing like this would have ever happened at LA Fitness where members are pretty much anonymous to staff. All I can say is that Abe (I don’t know his last name) really reflects well on the Charter Fitness brand, and I will share this story with others to encourage them to join Charter in Oak Lawn.