Post Thanksgiving shopping has become as much of an American
holiday tradition as cutting the turkey itself. While mall walking can be great
exercise-especially when carrying lots of packages (or a child)-the healthiest
walk you take may be the one that by-passes the food court. You're much better
off going home to eat healthy Thanksgiving leftovers. If you do stop for fast
food, try to skip the greasy burgers and fries or high fat smoothies in favor
of low-fat alternatives. And if you're really stopping just to rest your feet,
don't feel obligated to eat. A cool water bottle will go a long way towards
refreshing-and energizing-you, while giving you the excuse to rest your feet.
It's easy to forget that when the hustle and bustle of the holiday season invades
our already over scheduled days, exercise is often the first thing to be sacrificed.
Ironically, this often begins on Thanksgiving day when more Americans are watching
football on TV than actually getting any exercise themselves! As the holiday
season descends upon us, try to fit fitness in. Schedule your workouts, just
as you would schedule your other holiday obligations. Mini-workouts are also
better than no work-outs. And any physical activity counts: from walking to
and from the holiday shopping to dancing at all of those holiday parties.
Another suggestion is to pass the football instead of the
remote control. Don't just watch football on tv, go out and play! Remember,
the importance of the holiday season is to share good times with friends and
family members: exercising together may be the best holiday gift of all that
you give yourself and each other.
Created: 11/28/2003  - Donnica Moore, M.D.