Food and fitness Thanksgiving

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 around town before you ever hit the kitchen!

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1. Thanksgiving Fitness Gameplan

Get A Head Start On The Beastly Burn This Weekend


Elev8 24 Hour Fitness, Wreaths Across America Fundraiser – Saturday 9 am. Elev8 is holding its 4th Annual WOD to raise money for Wreaths Across America on Saturday, November 17, 9 am at Elev8 24 Hour Fitness Center (620 Village Drive, Suite F. Va Beach, VA 23454.) Come and workout 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 $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.


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.

40th 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!

planning your thanksgiving fitness strategyStudio 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 – 75 minute Boot Camp at 8 am or Zumba at 9:15! 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.

thanksgiving fitness pajama jamsTidalWheel, 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 at our finale party on December 8th! Ask about class pack specials. 

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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 the FamilyApp!

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Jess Horton

Jess Horton is equal parts Marketing Mastermind, Social Media Slayer, Blogger, Brand Builder, Fitness Enthusiast, Influencer, and Creative. Born and raised in Hampton Roads, she grew up in a home where faith and fitness were important parts of daily life and development. Jess comes from an education and marketing background. In 2011 she combined her passion for fitness with her professional skill set to create, a health and fitness website designed to bring encouragement to individuals as they pursue the healthy lifestyle they deserve. By 2013 she left a corporate marketing career and was sweating and slaying full time. Jess is certified both by the American Council on Exercise and the Road Runners Club of America as a trainer and coach. Jess is a life-long runner and regularly practices yoga and meditation. She finds joy in witnessing individuals make lifestyle changes that bring them closer to living a sweat-filled, soulful life. On most days, when Jess isn’t training her clients, she can be found running through Virginia Beach or at a local coffee shop crafting blog posts on her computer. When she isn’t working, Jess enjoys spending time with her fiance and their dog at their home in Virginia Beach. Jess has been recognized as a top social media personality in the Hampton Roads area. She has been featured in Eat This Not That, The Virginian Pilot, HR Growler, and on various local podcasts. Follow her journey on Instagram @TheFitPetite

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