The holidays are a sedentary time that can take a toll on your wellness and your waistline. According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American consumes around 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving— now that’s a lot of extra food! If you need tips to help cope with overeating and inactivity over the holiday season that starts with Thanksgiving, keep reading!  

Plan Ahead 

When there’s a table full of favorite dishes, it’s hard to say no to them. That’s why before sitting down for dinner, you should plan for the foods you want to splurge on, and the ones you can pass over. Load up your plate with veggies, protein, and healthy carbs to skip a 4,500-calorie day! It may sound counterintuitive, but don’t skip dessert – “forbidden” foods can often trigger overeating, so pick the treat you just can’t live without, and enjoy it. Studies show that allowing yourself to indulge from time to time will help you stick to your fitness goals long-term.   

Get Moving 

Haven’t we all spent enough time cooped up this year? One of the easiest ways to offset those turkey day indulgences can also be a family bonding experience. Throw on a jacket and a mask and take a walk together, play football or baseball, or hop on a bike to enjoy the leaves turning. Physical activity is great for digestion and metabolism and it’s also a way to spend quality time together, instead of in front of the TV set.  

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Make Charitable Turkey Trots Part of Turkey Day 

If you want to get moving and make a difference, try a virtual Turkey Trot. Not only will you and your family get some safe social distanced exercise, you’ll also be moving for a cause. Check out some of these virtual races, or visit Virtual Run Events to find a virtual race that benefits your favorite charity.  

The Seal Beach Turkey Trot supports two charities, Grateful Hearts, which provides essential supplies for the needy, and Project SEEK, a kids enrichment and education program. 

America’s Turkey Trot benefits Feeding America, a charitable organization empowering families and communities facing hunger. Feeding America provides access to food and resources through a community of food banks, partners, and people who want to end hunger. 

Virtual Run Challenge Turkey Trot motivates individuals to become more active and to challenge themselves with a feeling of accomplishment and reward. Every virtual race registration fee is donated to a designated charity for that race, including The Catch a Lift Fund, National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Feed the Children, ASPCA, The American Red Cross, and The American Cancer Society.  

Personal Best Virtual Turkey Trot Proceeds from this virtual race benefit Personal Best Charity, Inc. and local food pantries, shelters and other community organizations, including Good Citizen Scholarships, martial arts training for low-income kids, and support for domestic violence survivors.  

National Turkey Trot is designed for running clubs and groups who want to lead a running event without the expense of a larger event. Your group can designate the charity you want to benefit from your team’s participation.  

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Give Thanks for Your Wellness

The whole point of the holidays is to be thankful for the abundances in our lives. 2020 has shown us the value of our health and wellness, and it’s important to prioritize them as the year ends. Get a jump start on your 2021 resolutions and go into the holiday season with a wellness plan that keeps you fit and active!  

The Vagaro Marketplace is full of fitness, nutrition, and wellness professionals to help you get moving and help you make nutritional plans for the holidays. If your business needs to get in shape, try our software for free for 30 days, and see how much stress we can take off your plate! 

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