Thanksgiving will be here soon (at least if you live in the United States) and we’re swinging right into the major holiday season. Between the holiday parties and the extra cooking and baking and gift shopping and family obligations, it can be especially difficult to keep fitness in your schedule. Last week, I explained why the end of daylight savings time might be just the best excuse to start exercising EVER. In theory, you’re getting an extra hour of sleep and thus, I reasoned, you could trick your body into getting up an hour earlier without too much pain.
So how did that work out for you? Did you do it? If not, don’t feel bad. I’m not judging you. But if you feel sad that you missed it, guess what: you get another chance! Today is Veteran’s Day and many people (at least in the U.S.) have the day off. It’s a perfect day to slide on those tennis shoes and get in a little exercise. And if you are really especially clever, you can exercise your body and exercise your compassion at the same time by honoring a vet. You could walk out and participate in a Veteran’s Day event in your area. You could volunteer at a local Veteran’s Hospital. You could take a walk and explore a nearby battleground. You could even walk out to or march in a local Veteran’s Day parade.
You could even use today an excuse to start training. I’m training for an event which has become an annual tradition for yours truly–the Turkey Trot. I usually participate in a 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day that raises money for my local YMCA. The course is short, fast and easy. There are plenty of aid stations, and a large percentage of the participants are walkers like me. I can take my time and have lots and lots of fun!
Participating in the Turkey Trot does mean that I have to amend the rules of 1-hour pants day. I now have to add about an hour of sweat pants to the mix. But I have found that this is one race that is scheduled on a day that I am not expected to speak or teach or have any professional obligations. PLUS, I get to go right home, take a shower and a looooong Thanksgiving day nap right after. Awesome!
And if a Turkey Trot isn’t right for you, how about a postprandial stroll to check out the early birds who manage to get holiday lights up by Thanksgiving Day? You could honor their industry while strolling by on your way to a post dinner hot chocolate, or antacid.
Or you could always go out with your cousins and play a little football. Although I should mention that activity is not without risk.
I don’t want to give you the impression that you have to exercise during the holidays or any other times. That’s up to you. You are the President and CEO of your own corpus! But I am suggesting that if you’ve been looking for another little incentive or boost to get your fitness efforts going, you can honor the holidays and give an extra special gift to your body as well in the form of exercise (or the form of chocolate, ‘cuz chocolate is awesome too…)
And speaking of gifts, I’m pleased to announce that the third winner of The Fat Chick’s Great Pedometer Giveaway is Megan Page Montgomery! Hey Megan, just drop me an email at jeanette at the fat chick dot com with your mailing address so I can ship your pedometer on out to you! Yet another great excuse for getting started with a fabulous, shiny, new fitness program.
AKA The Fat Chick
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