For most of us Georgia Southern students, we will be leaving our sweet little town of Statesboro for the upcoming Holiday Breaks. What’s the one thing we will all miss the most you may ask, our beloved RAC. Thanksgiving is filled with turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pecan pie… Which usually means we are all bound to pack on a few pounds. However, there is no need to avoid all of the fabulous food. Here are a few tips on how to stay active this holiday season:
- Exercise wherever you can – For all of you Black Friday lovers.. Take the stairs instead of the escalators/elevators and since parking will be a nightmare anyways, go ahead and park far away. But don’t forget, speed walking is more effective than a leisurely stroll. Your wallet will probably thank you later as well, seeing as you may miss a sale or two!
- Bring a jump rope and resistance bands, they fit just about anywhere – It’s a great way to fit in a few minutes of intense cardio and quick strength exercises… At the airport, grandma’s house, you name it!
- Get your family involved – What’s a better way to get active than a family football game? A little competition and exercise to burn off all of the turkey, stuffing and deserts won’t hurt. And for those families who may not be as competitive, go for a hike or a walk around the neighborhood or at your local park.
- Offer to help with housework – Not only will you get on your parent’s good side.. You can burn calories while doing daily household chores. Check out Fitness Magazine’s Calorie Burned Calculator.. Thirty minutes of mopping floors will work your shoulders and biceps while burning 122 calories!
- Participate in a holiday race –Towns all over the country are having Turkey Trots, Gravy Gallops and Mashed Potato Miles, some benefiting great causes. Get your friends and family together to join you! And if not everyone wants to participate, what’s better than having a huge cheering section? Check out these great Thanksgiving races in Georgia:
- Atlanta, Ga, November 24th– Atlanta Half Marathon, Thanksgiving Day 5k and Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop
- Cartersville, Ga, November 19th– Turkey Trot 5k
- Conyers, Ga, November 19th– Kick the Stuffing Out of Cancer 5k
- Marietta, Ga, November 24th– Gobble Jog 10k/5k
- McDonough, Ga, November 24th– Turkey Day 5k, 1 Mile & Tot Trot
- Snellville, Ga, November 20th– Running Thanksgiving’s Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Although we will all miss the RAC dearly this Thanksgiving, there is no need to turn into couch potatoes. So, get up and get active.. After that last piece of pecan pie of course. We will miss you while you’re away, but don’t worry… We’ll still be here when you get back!
And for those of you who are sticking around, check out the RAC’s Holiday Hours:
CRI ’til you Die!