Thanksgiving is a holiday most people associate with eating; the concept of a “turkey coma” comes from the tradition of overindulgence. For many, however, the temptation of delicious treats can sidetrack health goals. Thanksgiving can mean more than feasting — plenty of holiday traditions are fun, healthy, and can create lasting family memories. Want to do this Thanksgiving with health in mind? You can still embrace all the fun of autumn, both outside and in without worrying about needing elastic-waist pants at the dinner table!

1. Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Many communities have an early-morning race on Thanksgiving called the Turkey Trot. Typically 5K (3.1 miles), some also feature a one-mile “fun run” for kids and those who aren’t runners, and even 10K races for people who want to start their Thanksgiving in Beast Mode. These runs are a great way to get to know others in the community and start your turkey day off on the right foot, getting the blood and endorphins flowing. Make it extra fun by getting a group together and designing t-shirts or silly, turkey-inspired costumes.

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