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5 Ways to Stay Healthy During Thanksgiving Weekend

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admin on November 17, 2015 - 8:00 am in Around Town
Thanksgiving dinner is one of the biggest meals of the year. Although it’s certainly fun to eat, it isn’t so forgiving on the waistline. The good news is that you can still enjoy your meal without worrying about gaining weight! Here are some ways to stay fit during this beloved holiday weekend:

Run the Charles River Turkey Trot

If you’re looking for a great way to stay in shape over Thanksgiving, why not run a road race? The Charles River Turkey Trot takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving and it is a great way to kick things off! You don’t need to stop at just one race, either. There are plenty of races in November in the Boston area that will help you burn off your Thanksgiving feast.

Eat a Healthier Meal

You can still eat all of your favorite Thanksgiving foods without being unhealthy. The key is to balance your unhealthy favorites with healthier choices. For instance, if you eat a green salad at the beginning of your feast, you will eat smaller portions of the foods that aren’t as healthy. During dessert, eat some fruit before you dig into your apple pie. You will still feel happy that you enjoyed your meal, but you will take in fewer calories.

Go Shopping on Black Friday

According to BodyBuilding.com, shopping burns around 100 calories every 30 minutes. Black Friday couldn’t fall at a more perfect time! Spend the whole day shopping for Christmas deals and you’ll burn off your Thanksgiving meal in no time! Check out the Prudential Center and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace for some of the best shopping in the city. Also, Downtown Crossing has plenty of shopping at Macy’s, the brand new Primark store, and a host of other stores within a short walk from Devonshire. Charles Street on the flat of Beacon Hill and the North End also offers a lot of smaller shops for gifts.  

Take Your First Ski Run

Depending on what the weather is like during Thanksgiving weekend, this could be a great time to take your first ski run! Nearby ski areas include Nashoba Valley in Westford, MA, Bradford Ski Area in Bradford, MA and Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA. If you’ve never skied before, Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to start! Downhill skiing burns an average of 400 calories per hour. For an even greater calorie burn, head to Great Book Ski Touring in Carlisle, MA. Vigorous cross country skiing can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour.

Work Out at the Devonshire Sky Club

You don’t need to go far to get in a great workout! The Devonshire Sky Club has everything you need to stay fit and healthy during Thanksgiving. Squeeze in an intense workout whenever your schedule allows. That way, you can minimize the impact that a high calorie meal can have on your body. With such a convenient option, you’ll be more likely to stick with your fitness plan! You don’t need to deprive yourself of all the foods you love on Thanksgiving as long as you eat smart and stay active!

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