After you’ve given thanks, eaten the last crumb of pumpkin pie and boxed up leftovers, you might feel the urge to hit the couch…or worse, the urge for a cigarette. The solution? A post-Thanksgiving dinner family workout.
Motivating your clan for some exercise after the big meal will make you feel more relaxed and alert, plus keep you busy so that you won’t have time to even think about lighting up. It will feel great to know that rather than missing out on family time because you were outside having a smoke, this year, you’re fully engaged in making new memories. Try one of the 6 activities below to work up a sweat (or at least get your heart rate up a little).
Added bonus: Knowing you’ll burn some extra calories after dinner will make you feel less guilty about having seconds…or thirds…or fourths!
Hut, Hut, Hike
Make a healthy tradition with a family touch football contest. After all, competition can be an effective way to release some pent-up tension — no tackles necessary.
Have a Ball
If you’re not into picking teams and keeping score, head to the park and toss a baseball back and forth, or kick a soccer ball around. When your feet and hands are busy, looks like you can’t pick up a cigarette!
Meals may trigger urges to smoke. Urges typically last only three to five minutes, and yoga and deep breathing exercises can be great techniques to help get you through those moments. Try doing some relaxing inhales or stretches as a family, which will help you relax and allow you to clear your mind to remember your most important reasons for quitting.
Walk it Off
A turkey trot around the block burns calories and helps you resist the urge for a cigarette. Consider taking a special trip to a lake, mountain or park in your area to feel gratitude for both the great outdoors and your smokefree self.
While you might not think of board games as exercise, a spirited match could have you jumping up and down more than you might think. Try charades or Pictionary for some competitive calorie-burning in your living room.
Dance, Dance, Dance!
Thanksgiving is a celebration, after all! Crank up your favorite family tunes and get down like no one’s watching. Document your cool moves on video and send to any loved ones who couldn’t make it to the party.