How many people are PLANNING on eating an extra 800 calories this Thursday? Seems like a very silly question, doesn't it? But it is VERY LIKELY that 80% of the population will do exactly that on Thanksgiving Day. There is a reason everyone is moaning and groaning and stretching out on the sofa! If you are looking forward to indulging in all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes (and desserts!), there is a way to minimize the physical damage. Without going into all the scientific data, it has been proven that simply taking a brisk 30 minute walk BEFORE a meal, or performing 15 minutes of bodyweight training (pushups, squats, pullups, burpees) before a meal, helps control post meal blood sugar spikes (which results in weight gain). Personally, I have found this to work quite effectively. The pre-meal workout followed by 16 ounces of water also helps me to CURB my appetite. Smaller portions actually become quite satisfying. The pre-meal workout (or walk) can become a very healthy habit to acquire. So, enjoy your brisk walk or hike or bodyweight workout - and treat yourself to some tasty Thanksgiving dishes!
I've learned SO MUCH about my body and how it works! Bambi takes the time to analyze me as I'm training, picking up on dysfunctional movement, no matter HOW SLIGHT it may be. Her corrections to my form in our drills has resolved a lower back pain I suffered with for years and strengthened me in ways I never thought were possible!