As Dartmouth-Hitchcock nutrition and wellness coach Heather Wolfe wrote in her recent article 9 Tips for a Healthier Holiday Meal, “It is inevitable that we will eat more during the holidays. Make sure to balance the extra calories coming in by moving more calories out.”
To that end, we wanted to share some great activities offered in the Upper Valley and Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region this Thanksgiving Weekend in which you and your family or friends can participate for a fun and active holiday.
The 6th Annual Norwich Turkey Trot will take place on the Thanksgiving morning, at the Gazebo on the Norwich Green in Norwich, VT at 9:00 am. Cash, food and clothing can be donated to benefit The Haven
The 6th Annual Turkey Torcher Work Out will be the activity available to the public in Lebanon, NH on Thanksgiving morning. KDR Fitness is hosting this work out and food drive in the old Jr. High gym on 75 Bank Street in Lebanon. Open to all ages and fitness levels. The entry fee is 4 canned goods that will be donated to the Upper Valley Haven.
Sunapee, NH is hosting their 8th Annual Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot at Sunapee Harbor on the morning of Thanksgiving Day. The proceeds from this 5K run will go to the Recreation Department. Kids are invited to participate in a 1K Chicken Run, so there will be something for the whole family to do. Online registration is closed, but you can still register in person.
These are all great pre-dinner activities, but if you want something to do on Friday to work-off those extra calories, Mount Sunapee Resort Opening Day for their winter season is November 28th. There will be 11 trails open for all levels of skiing ability for you to ski-off those extra calories from your delicious Thanksgiving dinner.
Anywhere: Cross Country Skiing
Finally, there is always the opportunity to plan a Black Friday shopping adventure. This may not seem like a cardio workout, but you get a lot of exercise walking around larger stores and malls. Bring healthy snacks with you to keep your energy up and avoid grabbing
donuts or cinnamon rolls when you’re hungry. For even more steps, park further away from the entrance and take the stairs instead of escalator when you can.
Of course, your activity doesn't have to be formally organized. You can play a pick-up game of football or go for a walk on the local rail trail. With the current weather forecast, maybe snowshoeing or cross-country skiing is more likely.
Whatever your plans for this weekend, we hope you enjoy delicious food and healthy activities with the people you love.
Happy Thanksgiving from CG Shepherd Realty, LLC!