Monday, November 22, 2010

Prepare Your Body For Thanksgiving

By Pascasio JR Felisilda

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It is the start of an eating bonanza that goes through December and the Christmas and Holiday season. More than anytime of the year, this is when people gain weight and try to start off their new year to get back to their old weight prior to Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is also the start where the flu and other sickness starts to spread. Many experts believe that there is a correlation between overeating and sickness. There may be some truth to that since overeating causes people to gain weight, become lethargic, etc. It is essential to exercise to burn calories and exercise moderation in our eating.

Here are some tips and pointers to prepare your body for Thanksgiving.

* The days before Thanksgiving you can minimize your eating. You can drink protein replacement shakes and skip snacks to give your digestive system a break. Digestion takes a lot of energy and time.

* Spend more time associating and mingling with friends and family rather than eating. Eating should be secondary to people.

* Make sure that you put in your quality workouts days before and days after Thanksgiving. Walking is great but you want to increase the intensity by jogging, bodyweight exercise, weights, etc.

* Whether it is Thanksgiving or not, it is important to keep portions in mind. You want to eat slowly so that you can digest it thoroughly.

* After sitting down and eating with your family and friends, you can stand-up when you eat again since you will burn a bit more calories and you will tend to eat less.

* You can skip the sodas and other drinks and settle for water. You do not need to pack on extra calories through your beverages. Water has no calories.

* Take a brisk walk with family members before and after you eat the Thanksgiving feast.

* If your Thanksgiving gathering is in the afternoon or evening, you should get a great workout in the morning.

* There are more calories on the dark Turkey meat than the white Turkey meat. Personally, I think the dark Turkey meat is more tastier. You should be aware of this difference.

* You do not want to wait until the end of the year to start in your exercise and diet program. You can start now which will give you a head start before the New Years.

Those are some pointers and tips on preparing your body for festivities of Thanksgiving Day. You should enjoy time with your friends and family. Just take a pro-active approach for your health and fitness so that you can enjoy many more Thanksgiving days with a great quality of life.

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