For many people, today is the first day back to work after a long Thanksgiving weekend. Are many of you feeling stuffed? Perhaps you feel as round as the turkey you ate on Thanksgiving Day? Although the average person gains 1-10 pounds during the holiday season, these fun ways of keeping in shape can help shed that unwanted weight.
For those that are ambitious to quickly lose a few pounds, look in local communities for a Turkey Trot. Very common after Thanksgiving, a Turkey Trot is usually a 5k race (3.1 miles) that contestants can complete at his or her own pace. Start with a sprint, end with a walk, it does not matter. A great cardiovascular workout, a Turkey Trot will quickly help burn all the extra carbohydrates one consumed on Thanksgiving.
Dance off extra weight with Zumba. Becoming increasingly more popular, Zumba is a fun workout that incorporates various dance combinations that provide an intense cardio and muscular routine to the entire body. 500-800 calories can be burned during one hour session.
Want something a little slower? Go for a walk. Thanksgiving with all its portions and second (maybe third) helpings, can lead a person to consuming up to 4,000 calories. This is about 2,000 more calories than a person needs a day. A 180 pound person would have to briskly walk 5 hours or more to burn these calories. Sounds like a lot? It’s not. Spread this out over a week and it comes to be about 43 minutes a day. By walking outside and viewing the beautiful fall foliage, time will fly by.
Feeling really lazy? Go watch a funny movie! Laughing for ten minutes straight can burn 40 calories. Burn even more calories by wiggling around to get comfortable; people who fidget burn up to 350 more calories than those that stay still.
Join The P.A. Hutchison Company employees in getting in shape! Kick those unwanted pounds out the door and feel great about yourself. What is your favorite fat-burning activity? Let us know, we would love to hear!