It’s the day after Thanksgiving, AKA Black Friday and most of us are still full from too much turkey, potatoes, and pumpkin pie. If you didn’t wake up at 4 am to head out shopping, then there is no reason you can’t get in a workout today to beat that holiday bloat! Check out my favorite workouts below to get your body back on track!
1. GO FOR A RUN
I know running might be the last thing anyone wants to do after consuming way too much food yesterday but I can promise you it’s going to make you feel a heck of a lot better. Try an easy 3 miles, or go out for 30 minutes and just enjoy the time without tracking how far you’ve run. If you are up for a little bit more of a sweat/challenge then go for a 20 minute interval run. Try 40 seconds on/ 80 seconds off. Or 20 seconds on/40 seconds off. Your “on” times should be hard running or near sprints and your “off” times should a very easy jog .
2. TAKE A SPIN CLASS
Depending where you live, you can hit up a Flywheel, Soul Cycle, Cycle Bar, Turnstyle, or spin class at even your gym. Think 45 minutes of great music in a dark room, sweating your butt off next to other girls and guys who also ate and drank a lot yesterday. This is one of my favorite workouts in general because you don’t have to come up with any kind of workout on your own. You just get on a bike and follow along to the instructor. It requires so little thought, it’s the perfect post T-day treat to yourself!
3. SWEAT IT OUT IN A HOT YOGA CLASS
I just joined Core Power Yoga which is a nation wide hot yoga studio. It’s PHENOMENAL. There is also Bikram Yoga and a million other hot yoga studios you can find in your town/city/state. A 60 minute hot yoga class will give your body the reset it desperately is craving after a few days of heavy eating and drinking. Your body will rid itself of the toxins and feel refreshed. I don’t know about you but I’ve never taken a hot yoga class and not felt ZEN afterwards.
4. HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL WOKROUT
If you don’t have a ton of time today because you did decide to go shopping or you want to spend as many hours as possible with your friends and family then try out this QUICK HIIT workout. 15-20 minutes and you’re done!
AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible). Set your Timer for 15-20 minutes.
BW Squats x 30
Pushups x 30
Single Leg Deadlight w/ Bodyweight x 20 side
TRX Neutral Grip Rows x 30 Reps
Supine Glute Bridges x 30
Front Plank x 60 seconds
Farmers Carry x 2 minutes
5. TAKE A LONG WALK
Whenever I visit my relatives, my aunt just LOVES to take long walks. I know it might sound cheesy but there is nothing better than getting out in the fresh air and taking a 30-60 minute walk to digest all that food you’ve eaten. If nothing else, it’ll be good to get off the couch for a little while, even if you aren’t necessarily sweating a whole bunch. You could try doing some exercises out on your walk. For instance, do a set of 10 walking lunges, squats, pushups, planks (30 seconds) every 10 minutes then get back to walking!