Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays because it doesn't center around gifts or commercialism, it's all about family and food. Everyone spends the day together playing board games, watching football, and of course, eating all day long. Between appetizers, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and dessert you can easily double or triple your calorie intake on Thanksgiving. In fact, according to the Calorie Control Council the average Thanksgiving feast is an impressive 4,500 calories!
Although you could counteract your Thanksgiving Day meal with an evening gym sessions, let's be honest, you're going to be too full to do anything Thanksgiving evening, and most gyms are probably closed. With that in mind, here are 5 fun ways to burn off your Thanksgiving calories instead of shopping on Black Friday.
Average Calories Burned Per Hour: 360 - 532
Forget fighting the crowds at the mall on Black Friday, grab your favorite hiking socks and hit the trail for some calorie burning solitude. To optimize calories burned, find a trail with plenty of elevation gains. The added work will burn more calories than on a flat trail and you will likely earn a breathtaking view at the top.
Leftovers:pack a turkey sandwich for the trail. Just don't go overboard!
Average Calories Burned Per Hour: 510 - 754
If we aren't out hiking, you can probably find us on our mountain bikes. Black Friday is the perfect time to hit your favorite trails. Normally crowded trails will hopefully be deserted because everyone will be at the mall. To maximize calorie burn opt for a day of cross-country riding on a moderate to difficult trail, the more climbs the better!
Average Calories Burned Per Hour: 480 - 710
If you live in an area that already has snow grab your snowshoes and get out in the backcountry. The added difficulty of slogging through snow combined with the cold temperatures make snowshoeing a great way to burn off those extra Thanksgiving calories. Be sure to check the weather and avalanche reports before you go, and avoid areas where avalanches are possible unless you have the proper gear, training, and are in a group.
Average Calories Burned Per Hour: 300 - 444
A kayaking trip is perfect for burning off those Thanksgiving calories. Seriously, some of our favorite adventures have included our kayaks. Consider planning a two-stage adventure that involves kayaking out to an island that you can then hike around.
Leftovers: a kayak has plenty ofroom to pack an epic leftovers picnic!
Average Calories Burned Per Hour: 360 - 532
Skiing or Snowboarding is a great way to burn off those extra Thanksgiving calories. Like with snowshoeing, your body is going to burn extra calories to stay warm out in the cold. Every year we hope our favorite resorts are open by Thanksgiving so we can hit the slopes on Black Friday. Sure the resorts will probably be packed, but if we have to wait in line it's going to be the lift line and not at the mall!
Source for average calories burned: www.health.harvard.edu/diet-and-weight-loss/calories-burned-in-30-minutes-of-leisure-and-routine-activities
Planning a Winter Camping or Backpacking Trip? Read our 11 Tips for Winter Camping and Backpacking.
My first pair of sturdy, quality hiking boots changed my outdoor experience. Before them, I tumbled around awkwardly in slippery, ill-fitting, non-breathable (and somehow also non-waterproof) boots, coming away from hikes happy but covered in scrapes, bruises, and favoring tender limbs. My arches would ache, and eventually, the dull pain would spread to my leg joints. Then I bought “my blue boots.” The most significant outdoor purchase I had ever made, I was unconvinced that they would be worth it. Now, without a doubt in my mind, I can say they were absolutely worth the price.
Hikers and backpackers are constantly outside and being active, even in the off season. The physical impact of carrying weight, working muscles repeatedly, and being exposed to uncontrolled conditions can take its toll both in the short and long term. Being able to hike, backpack, snowshoe and do whatever outdoor activities you choose is a special thing, and calls for attention to remain possible, comfortable, and enjoyable.
To stay healthy and protected from injuries, here are a few self-care tips to keep you doing what you love.
Snowshoeing is an activity that can open your eyes to breathtaking new dimensions and faces of nature. Not only is it a fun and achievable goal to help you get outside during the winter, but it is an experience unlike any other that is sure to make an impression.
Though it can be overwhelming to think about planning a beginner trip in the winter weather, anyone can take a snowshoeing trip with the right preparation and mindset. For me, a cold-natured summer hiker, snowshoeing offers confidence in my own abilities and an outlet to enjoy the winter that I have grown to anticipate and love.
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