Happy Thanksgiving (and Hanukkah for all you lucky folks getting two holidays in one). On Thanksgiving we feast like the famine is upon us and movement is pretty much limited to going from the couch to the table. Although most gyms are closed today, don’t use it as your excuse to skip an opportunity to move. I’m suggesting you put down that beer for the football game you're watching and pick up your water bottle. (Well, you could have a beer and then make it an Appalachian training routine.)
All you need for this workout is a football game that is of some level of interest. Maybe a jump rope or step stool if you're on overachiever.
What to Do:
First, pick a team to cheer for. (Follow these directions for the team you are cheering for.)
Push ups Do one for each point your team has on the board each time they score.
Burpees One for each penalty yard your team’s defense draws. If you’re doing this after dinner, you should pick a cleaner playing team.
Crunches One for each penalty yard your team’s offense draws.
Punting/ Kickoff Hold a plank from the time your team lines up until the end of the play. You better hope the other team doesn’t have a kickoff return.
Commercial Break Car-di-o! Jumping jacks, high knees, fast feet, jump rope, step-ups. You get the idea, keep moving and get that heart rate up.
Half-time Depending on if your game is a blow out or not, you can throw in the towel here or keep it going. To keep it going get outside and toss the old pigskin around or go for a walk/ run. Then repeat the instructions above for the second half. This may also be the optimal time to assist someone in the kitchen.
After the game, don’t feel an ounce of guilt when you reach for that pie later. You earned it!