The Calorie Control Council says the average Thanksgiving meal can be over two thousand calories – but if you got stuffed on some stuffing don’t fret.
“We don’t want to be a slave to food; we want to be able to live our lives – have that lifestyle of eating healthy most of the time, picking the better options and having working out being a part of what we do,” Laura Pavlich, Fitness Manager at Fitness Evolution in Santa Maria, tells us.
Pavlich says the best way to make the most out of your workout is to do cardio with some resistance training.
“We always want to be confusing the muscle mind connection in order to be more efficient about burning the fat. By being on the treadmill for an hour, you’re not gonna burn the same amount calories as in 30 minutes of high intensity interval training where you’re bringing your heart rate up and bringing it back down,” she explains.
So say you had some turkey, stuffing and some pie – Pavlich says an interval that includes dumbbell curls, squats, and Russian Twists could burn off those calories.
If you don’t have dumbbells at home, she says you can use wine bottles or cans of soup as weights instead.
Her next workout shown in the video below is using a sandbag but Pavlich says using a duffel bag full of clothes could work too.
No matter how you decide to burn those Thanksgiving calories, make sure you’re having fun. “The more you mix up your workouts and change it up, first of all the body stays confused so you’re gonna keep getting results instead of hitting that plateau and you’re gonna want to keep wanting to do it because it’s fun,” Pavlich explains.