Enjoyment over exercise

Turkey Trot, by philliefan99
Turkey Trot, by philliefan99

According to this weekend’s Washington Post, the average Thanksgiving meal rings in at 4,500 calories, way in excess of an average man or woman’s daily caloric intake, 2,000 and 1,600 respectively.  But honestly aren’t we all tired of articles about holiday weight gain and how to avoid it?  It’s the same tips every year, just check out this week’s Health section.  And while yes, we should be mindful not to gorge ourselves, shouldn’t any taken counter measures be lauded not for their negative caloric effects and fat reduction, but rather for their enjoyment?

So in that spirit, what activities (calorie burning, or non-calorie burning) do you and your friends and family share with each other on Thanksgiving?

Personally, since my parents moved to the Baltimore area, my dad and I have participated in the Green Valley Turkey Trot to benefit Crohn’s & Colitis research.  It takes place in the beautiful Maryland countryside, and let’s my dad and me catch up and share the picturesque views.  This year we’re trying to get my mom to come with us, but she hates the cold and will likely stay at home with a cup of tea and read the paper.  Now while this activity is exercise-related, that benefit is tertiary to 1) spending time with my dad and 2) helping fund a valiant and worthwhile cause.

Another of our family Thanksgiving traditions is puzzling.  We find a ridiculously intricate puzzle (one we did was 10,000 pieces,) and we sit down trying to complete before the weekend is over.

Rebecca Johnson

A born and bred New Yorker, Rebecca made the big trip “down south” to DC in 2006 and hasn’t looked back. She spends her days strategizing/planning/ideating how interactive products can help her clients and change the world. In her free time, she explores DC’s ever expanding bar, restaurant and small business scene, plays a crap ton of soccer, attends concerts that contribute to her sleep deprivation and embarks on local adventures. Read why Rebecca loves DC or follow her on twitter.

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