This holiday season, chances are you are going to be over-indulging on all sorts of food and sweets. You’ll probably feel a little guilty for potentially packing on a few extra pounds over the season. That’s why you should check out a healthy activity, like a Turkey Trot, that you can do with the entire family while exercising off some of those added calories that you will be taking in over the next few weeks.
Why You Should Sign Up for a Turkey Trot
What is a Turkey Trot
Turkey Trots happen in almost every community all over the country during the Thanksgiving holiday. These fun runs can be done with your family. Since they are shorter than other types of runs or marathons, they won’t take up your entire day. Most families can take part in a trot early in the morning and be back in time for the rest of the festivities.
Why You Should Consider Run or Walking One
You Can Burn Calories Before a Big Holiday Meal: A brisk walk or run can help get your body ready for the splurging that will be taking place afterward since you are going to burn a lot of calories during the short walk or run. That will make you feel far less guilty when you are go for seconds or have an little extra dessert. Not only that, the boost in physical activity can also increase your energy and aid in the digestive process, so it is even better for your health.
It is a Good Activity For the Family: Turkey trot runs are a great way to spend more time with your family during the holidays. You can do it with your other half, include the kids, or you can bring along your entire extended family. Most events will even allow you to participate with a stroller so that you can involve the really young ones.
This can be a good way to motivate and encourage your family to live a healthier lifestyle. You can run together, challenge each other, and even train for leading up to the event with evening walks or jogs around the neighborhood. Go the extra “mile” and wear silly Thanksgiving socks or turkey hats to really get in the spirit! You can also create a fun seasonal playlist to listen to while you walk or run.
Many Turkey Trots Support Local Businesses or Charities: Some communities will donate proceeds from the turkey trot to local charities, businesses or other worthy causes. Most events are non-profit with all of the entrance fees going to support these causes (and to pay for that snazzy free shirt you get!) so you are doing something great for your community while getting in some fun and exercise.
They Can Be a Lot of Fun: These events aren’t designed to be competitive athletic events. They are meant to be fun with plenty of things to help you enjoy the day. There are usually activities before and after the run, and some of them offer a light Thanksgiving meal if you stay all day. Some turn into all-day events so if you don’t want to make a meal yourself, you can still have family time at the run. Most finishers will receive a medal or trophy for completing the race and kids usually get little goodie bags. You’ll also be meeting lots of like-minded people in your community in a family-friendly and festive atmosphere.
Check with your local area to see where the nearest Turkey Trot will take place. If there isn’t one, consider starting one! All you need is a safe place to walk and other interested walkers who want to start the holiday off right!