11 October 2021 (updated)

3 Top Tips for Planning Your Thanksgiving Fitness Strategy

Thanksgiving can be a great time for food and feasting, but there are some great Thanksgiving fitness options available where you can burn calories and give back to those in need. Here are some great options in Virginia Beach from Jess Horton of the Fit Petite. 

Planning Your Thanksgiving Fitness Strategy

Start your day with some pre-feast fitness! Spend some time outside, raise your energy levels, and rev up your metabolism before that big meal. The average Thanksgiving dinner plate rings in at about 3000 calories. After we add in the tasty appetizers, homemade desserts, and a festive cocktail or two, you are quickly over 4,500. I am not going to tell you to opt-out of the pie or extra mashed potatoes. I believe we all should indulge in the day and I encourage you to do so! But I will challenge you to put that body into motion before you ever get snacking! Here are a few ways you can sweat before you ever hit the kitchen!

1. Thanksgiving Fitness Gameplan


Elev8 24 Hour Fitness, Wreaths Across America Fundraiser - Saturday 9 am. Elev8 is holding its Annual WOD to raise money for Wreaths Across America at Elev8 24 Hour Fitness Center (620 Village Drive, Suite F. Va Beach, VA 23454.) Come and work out to support this wonderful cause. 100% of the proceeds go towards placing wreaths at the graves of our fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Each wreath is only $15 and is tax-deductible. The workout will be a $15 donation and 100% of that goes towards a wreath that will be laid on Saturday, December 15 in Arlington National Cemetery to honor our nation's heroes. This workout is open to the public, so tell your friends!! We will have laptops set up in the morning for you to donate.


It's race weekend in Norfolk and there are still spots available for the We Promise Foundation Norfolk Harbor 5k - Run begins at 8:00 am Waterside Drive. Run, stay for a fun party and help the community. There's no minimum age, so bring the whole family!

2. Thanksgiving Fitness Strategy: Get Your Trot On!

A typical adult may burn between 65-120 calories per mile while running, depending on their weight and speed. Hitting the pavement for an hour or more is a good way to jumpstart that calorie burning.

Tidewater Striders Annual Turkey Trot 10k or 1 mile run at Mt. Trashmore. Make it a family affair. All ages can enter the run. Spectating family members can enjoy playing in the park, climbing stairs, or a leisurely walk around the grounds. 

Charlie's Run Turkey Trot Race For The Fallen Head to Sandbridge for this 5k, 1-mile fun run and Canine Crawl. They also will have a 26.2 Meter Gobble Wobble for the littles!

3. Go to a Thanksgiving Fitness Group Class!

Still planning your Thanksgiving fitness strategy? Sign up for group activities! Meet your friends or bring your family for one of many classes around town. Yoga can help you shed 200 - 500 calories, depending on how vigorous the class. Not to mention the benefits on the mind, breath, and the parasympathetic nervous system. A boot camp or dance class can sweat off around 500 calories per hour. If spinning is your thing, hop on a bike for a major torch in upwards of 600-700 calories per class!

Studio Bamboo Chesapeake and Virginia Beach locations will offer donation-based classes from 9:00 am to 10:15. Get there early to grab a space!

Inlet Fitness South Location! Free and open to the public with a donation of new pj's for a child in need this season. Sizes 5T- adult large sizes are appreciated.

Wareings, or Hot House Yoga. Feed The Hungry Fitness Triathlon. During the month of November bring a non-perishable food item into any of the three studios and be awarded a free ride/class!  Make food donations at all three studios and be entered to win prizes! Ask about class pack specials. 

What Are Your Thanksgiving Fitness Goals?

There are so many ways to stay healthy and fit while giving back to the community. Do you have any plans? For planning your Thanksgiving fitness strategy with your family and friends, go to FamilyApp!

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