We've all experienced it--the turkey has been devoured, the dressing and cranberry sauce have been annihilated, and the scant remnants of gravy-laden goodness are hardening on the plates that rest on your Thanksgiving table. Everyone is full and happy, and then the inevitable post-feast lethargy begins to set in. You know that with all of the calories your family just consumed, it would be much better to get a little exercise than to just lay around and do nothing, but what can you do? Use these fresh ideas to get the family moving after a hearty Turkey Day throwdown.
1. Go for a family walk around the neighborhood.
In spite of its extraordinary simplicity, walking is still one of the most effective exercises you can do to give your metabolism a little boost and burn off those decadent Thanksgiving calories. Going for a family walk around the neighborhood is not only a great way for the entire family to participate in a healthy activity, but it also gives you an opportunity to log in some extra family bonding time, which never hurts.
2. Play some ball.
Why should the NFL players have all the fun on Thanksgiving? Spearhead a friendly game of flag football in the backyard to get those muscles moving, and to see who among your family (and possibly invited guests) has the knack for putting together some winning plays.
Or round everyone up for a trip to Five Seasons' indoor basketball courts or a nearby outdoor court at a local park for some games of 3-on-3, HORSE, or just shooting around.
3. Break out the hula hoops.
Young or old, there are very few people who don't find hula hooping to be at least mildly entertaining. After all, we're talking about a device that requires you to perform movements that you would typically never do in your day-to-day life, and for that reason alone, it's good for quite a few laughs.
But don't let the silly looks fool you--hula hooping is one of the best exercises you can do to improve your cardiovascular health and tone your abdominal muscles. Not only that, but hula-hooping also aids in digestion, which can really come in handy after a huge Thanksgiving feast. Just be sure to wait at least 30 minutes after you eat, so that your food will have time to settle before you start rocking the pelvic rotations.
4. Hold a silly dance contest.
Put on your favorite dance tunes and see who among your family has the goofiest moves. Don't worry too much about the rules; just loosen up, have fun, and get everyone moving to some energetic music.
5. Play active video games.
Gaming consoles such as the Nintendo Wii or Xbox One have the option for you to attach a motion sensor, enabling you to become a physically active participant in the games you're playing. Whether you choose a dance game or several rounds of simulated boxing, bowling, and golf, active video games are a great way to get everyone moving after the Thanksgiving feast has been devoured.
Adding any one of the above activities to your Thanksgiving Day agenda will not only give you and your family a chance to work the "sleepies" out of your system, but it can also be an opportunity to create some great memories together as a family. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!