Yes, it is Thanksgiving week and it's time to relax and be thankful -- or stress out and forget all the hard work and effort you've put into your body. Read on, because you know this column is written just for you.
At this very moment, in homes across the country, people are preparing their suitcases for travel, mixing up age-old recipes written on ancient parchment that their great-grandmother brought over on a boat and cleaning their homes like they live at U.S. Military Academy.
Yes, it is Thanksgiving week and it's time to relax and be thankful -- or stress out and forget all the hard work and effort you've put into your body. Read on, because you know this column is written just for you. Everyone always thinks that, and they're correct.
Turn your homecoming into an away game. Ayn Rand once said, "The difference between animals and humans is that animals change themselves for the environment, but humans change the environment for themselves." Listen to Ayn, she's a smarty pants; instead of balancing your derriere on the couch and watching floats go by that you'll soon dwarf in size, head to your gym and polish off a killer workout including cardiovascular work, some gymnastics moves and some hardcore weight lifting. Ayn would (lightly) applause you for being rational.
The holiday eating doesn't start until dinnertime, right? Make a deal with a simpatico family member that you will both support each other in staying steadfast to this rule. Between that Irish coffee for breakfast and all the pre-nosh noshing, you can easily add 1,000 extra calories to your total before you even carve the bird. Make your breakfast an egg white omelet and throw some turkey bacon in to give yourself a treat.
Go shopping Friday morning -- for exercise equipment! Parents, lead by example; don't go searching for the new electronic device. Buy some jump ropes and dumbbells for your kids so they can train not to stink at life instead of living in a fantasy world in your living room. It will save your family money and add years to all of your lives.
Skip the pumpkin pie and skip around the room instead. After all, isn't acting like a turkey what it's all about? Have a great Thanksgiving, gang!
Darin St. George is a personal fitness coach at Gold's Gym in Natick. Visit his website at www.TrainerX.com.