Just saying it makes us happy. We think about days off work, time spent with family and, of course, a big table of delicious food.
Let’s be honest though — it’s easy to spend the holiday doing not much more than eating in front of the TV, which is certainly not the best use of your time.
If you want to keep active this Thanksgiving — or have a lot of kids around who would make it impossible not to — here are a few fun ways to go outdoors and enjoy the holiday to the fullest, and really feel rejuvenated when it’s time to go back to work.
One of the best way to get your blood moving and spend some quality time with your family — not to mention digesting the food we already referred to — is going for a hike on a beautiful local trail. You can use the AllTrails Google app to help you find one that’s close to you and fits your general physical preparation. Enjoy!
If you’re going to eat, why not do it outside? Not all weather conditions allow for camping or picnic on Thanksgiving, but if you’re located in a state where that’s possible, then don’t miss your chance to organize a fun outdoors get together where children can play, and you can lay on the grass and enjoy the fresh air, the sun and the good company.
3. Beach Vacation
On the other hand, if you don’t live somewhere where the sun is always shining, you could take advantage of the few days off most of us get, pack your family’s bags and go on a much-needed beach vacation. Many resorts now offer special Thanksgiving packages so you won’t miss out on the traditional fun, but you’ll also be able to send off the little ones on surfing lessons while you work on your tan. (Hmm, now we’re starting to consider it…)
4. Ready for a Turkey Trot?
What a fun tradition! Even if you’re not a runner, running a Turkey Trot is a great way o stay active during the holidays, plus most of them have kids’ groups, so you can make it a family activity. We guarantee you you’ll feel much better about yourself once you cross that finish line! You can go on active.com to find a Turkey Trot near you.
5. Fun things to do
Say you’re not in the mood to go anywhere or organize anything special, you just want to relax with your loved ones. Then why not explore the fun outdoor things you can enjoy in your own city — like ice skating, golf, baseball or football, or whatever else your location has to offer. Maybe different members of the family will prefer doing different things and that’s ok too — as long as everyone is happy!
6. Pumpkin Hunt
The Pumpkin Hunt is pretty much a treasure hunt with a pumpkin treasure at the end. While you can organize that just for the kids, you can also include the entire family by making the clues just a bit more complicated and the rewards just a bit more appealing. Don’t forget to pack the hunt with a lot of must-do activities that force the participants to get up and play!
7. Pick your Christmas Tree
It’s a family tradition — and a great one, at that — to go out and pick a Christmas Tree during the Thanksgiving break. Taking a walk through a tree nursery and enjoying he smell of fresh pine trees — what better way to get in a holiday mood? A little tip — try to get there as early as you can to avoid the crowds.