BE THANKFUL….ALWAYS!

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For most of us, this is the toughest time of year to stay on track with our fitness goals.  But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible!  If you are serious about making the rest of 2018 count towards your goals, here are some realistic & helpful tips:

1. STICK TO CLEAR ALCOHOL & RED WINE (…If you’re going to drink.)
Try to keep the sugar to a minimum when it comes to liquid calories and stick to clear alcohols such as vodka and tonics with lime, for example.  Having a glass or two of wine with your meal won’t kill you, just try to stay away from the heavy beers, sodas and juices that add up quickly in calories!  WATER IS BEST!

2.  AVOID THE DRESSINGS AND HEAVY SAUCES.
Avoid the thick, creamy dressings that come with any of the sides or the salads!  If you MUST have the gravy, use very little of it.  You’d be surprised how little you need to be satisfied.
For salad dressings, I find that olive oil, lime & a little salt are the best!

3. KNOW WHEN TO WALK AWAY! 
A simple way to ease the suffering and recovery from a big holiday feast is knowing when you have had enough. Be aware of what you are eating and how much. If you are sitting at the table with family and friends, stop and analyze your hunger.  Are you really that hungry???  More so, appreciate the time at the table for what it is – a social gathering.  Enjoy your guests, make conversation, redirect your focus to the people – not the food.   The biggest mistake we make around the holidays is that we STUFF ourselves because we can.  That food isn’t going anywhere, there will be leftovers!
I also like to think of the aftermath….  I never feel good after stuffing myself!

4. WORKOUT BEFORE DINNER.  
You can always get some kind of workout in before you indulge in the holiday feast with the family!

Tomorrow 7 AM, we’ll be running either 5K or 10K for the annual Turkey Trot at Tropical Park.
Reminder that we’re meeting at or around the start line at 6:45 AM.  For those who had requested I pick up their packets, I have dropped them off at FFA.

Then there’s the CRAZY TURKEY workout at 10 AM.  All Thursday students are welcome to join this fun workout!

And if you can’t make either of the above, walk or jog around your neighborhood, or workout in your home (see workout below).  Do SOMETHING right before you have your big meal. That way, at least your body will be using some of that energy for recovery!

Here’s something you can do today at home to burn off some calories:

a- Put your shoes on and get outside for a warm up run.  Bring your phone or a stop watch, set it for 5 minutes and just go!

THEN:
b- 10 burpees, 20 pushups, 30 jump squats
c- hold plank x 1 minute
d- wall sit x 1 minute

REPEAT b-, c-, & d- for 5 rounds.  Enjoy a nice Thanksgiving meal!

ENJOY THIS PRECIOUS TIME WITH YOUR LOVED ONES AND BE GRATEFUL!

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