7 Basic Workout Moves You Can Do With Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Prepare your holiday meal and improve your fitness, all at the same time.

November 21, 2016
whipped cream intervals
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Food and family take center stage when it comes to Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean that fitness has to take a back seat to the indulgence. 

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Here, you can prepare your dinner and get fit, all at the same time. We consulted with experts at Reebok for this Thanksgiving dinner workout you can do this week!

The Grocery Bag Carry
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The Grocery Bag Carry

Give the trip from car to kitchen a bit more purpose by adding some timed intervals per trip! Do one trip as fast as you can, then try to beat that time the next time around until all the groceries are in. For more fun get friends and family to join you in a grocery bag carry race to the kitchen!

Canned Good Curls
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Canned Good Curls

Utilize canned goods by emptying them from the bags and completing a tricep extension followed by a bicep curl. For a good burn complete 3 sets of 8-12 reps. Add in your own rest but don't wait too long! Your guests might be getting hungry...

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The Turkey in the Oven Squat
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The Turkey in the Oven Squat

It's only natural that we would include the heaviest component of the Thanksgiving meal in our workout! While waiting for the oven to heat, use the turkey much like you would a med ball to complete squat intervals tabata style, meaning 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest for 4 minutes—8 rounds total. 

Looking for more burn while the turkey's cooking? Repeat the tabata squats every 30 minutes without weight (or add in your own) until the turkey is ready!

Potato Plank & Mash
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Potato Plank & Mash

For a unique arm and core activation, hold a plank while mashing potatoes. The challenge will be to keep those hips still while you mash for a tougher core exercise!

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Whipped Cream Intervals
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Whipped Cream Intervals

Unplug the electric mixer and activate those arms to create your whipped cream! Whip as hard as you can for 15-30 seconds and rest for 5. Repeat until peaks start to form. Switch arms each round to balance out the workout!

 
 
Serving the Kid's Table Lunge
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Serving the Kid's Table Lunge

The kids gotta eat! Being careful to balance the plates, lunge from the kitchen to the kid's table. A well-executed lunge will put you at the perfect height to serve. Try to get at least 8 lunges in each set! 

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The Leftover Lift
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The Leftover Lift

The dinner may be over, but your workout doesn't have to be! Once your food has been packaged up, utilize the wood chop movement to get leftovers from the counter to the fridge. An ideal routine would be 8-12 reps for 3 rounds.

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