How to stay active on Turkey Day

John Carrel CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Enjoying a family feast on Thanksgiving isn't incompatible with staying active and sweating off at least a little bit of that stuffing. Here are a few easy ways to keep your body moving on Turkey Day.

Hit the gym

Many gyms will be open on Thursday morning and afternoon — squeeze in a stop before Santa makes his ritual appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, or hit the elliptical between the parade and the pie.

Go for a run

Participate in a community "turkey trot" — or create your own! — to get your blood moving before you settle in for supper.

Yard games!

If the weather in your neck of the woods is accommodating, bust out with those beanbags — or a football, or a Frisbee. Instead of just vegetating in front of the TV, hop out to the yard for a few minutes.

Video games

If you think that video games automatically mean lying immobile and letting your thumbs do the walking, you haven't played new games like Just Dance. Whip out that Wii to groove your body, and you'll likely get some laughs while losing your lethargy.

Take a hike

Why not take a stroll after dinner? It will help you digest, and you might even catch some early holiday lights.

Let's go bowling

If your local bowling lane is open Thursday night, consider reserving a few lanes for a post-prandial family outing. Better to roll a bowling ball than to turn into one!

John Carrel CC BY-NC-ND 2.0