Thanksgiving is a time of year when pie is often more prominent than plyometrics in a typically healthy life.
One way you can feel good about a second slice? Hit up one of these Thanksgiving workout events happening around the city before (or after) the tryptophan has its way with you.
Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp Thanksgiving Calorie Blast
Burn up to 1,000 calories before even taking a bite at this 90-minute sun-up class with Ariane Hundt. 7:00 a.m., $20, www.brooklynbridgebootcamp.com
Turkey Burns at SoulCycle
Head off the coming indulgence with early-morning, ninety-minute Turkey Burn classes at all SoulCycle locations. Check SoulCycle’s online schedule for times and locations, $32, www.soulcycle.com
Thanksgiving Sadhana: 108 Sun Salutations in Gratitude at Om Factory
All levels of yogis are invited to a special Thanksgiving Day practice led by Amanda Winkler & Katharine Goerlich, where you’ll cultivate gratitude during a deep and sweaty practice of 108 sun salutations. 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Fashion District and Union Square, $20, www.omfactory.com
Refine Method Friends and Family Feast of Strength
Turkey day is about being with family, so head to Refine Method where you can bring a friend or relative to the kick-butt class with you, for free. Guests must be first-time clients to Refine; email firstname.lastname@example.org to redeem.
Prospect Park Turkey Trot
Take part in the annual Thanksgiving Day 5-mile run that’s become a Brooklyn tradition. 9 a.m., $40, www.nycruns.com
Cultivating Gratitude at Bend and Bloom
Get into the Thanksgiving spirit by cultivating gratitude in this open level flow yoga class with Nityda Lupkin. It will focus on “opening the heart and encouraging loving kindness.” 9:30–11:00 a.m., $18, www.bendandbloom.com
Giving Thanks Retreat with Jivamukti Yoga School
Reconnect and reconcile with the annual retreat from Thanksgiving to November 25 at Ananda Ashram an hour from New York City. You can go for the day or whole the weekend. The retreat includes a vegan Thanksgiving feast, yoga classes, Kirtan, philosophy and meditation classes, and explorations of sound with the Bhakti Band. $150–590, www.jivamuktiyoga.com
Turkey Tune Up at Reflections Yoga
Paulo Hudson leads this intensive vinyasa class and workshop that aims to ignite the inner “agni” or fire with dynamic asana sequences, pranayama and guided meditation. 12 p.m.—2 p.m., $35 for members, $40 pre-registration, $50 at door, www.reflectionsyoga.com
Work Out to Help Out at New York Sports Club
Extend the Thanksgiving spirit by giving back to the New York Cares Hurricane Sandy relief effort from November 23 to November 25. All NYSC locations will be offering $20 three-day guest passes with all proceeds going to New York Cares. A portion of every new member’s initiation fee will also go to the charity, and select locations are functioning as coat-drive drop-offs. Check NYSC for times and locations, www.mysportsclubs.com
Calm Your Crazy: Yoga to Reclaim Your Life at Kripalu
Kelly Morris, founder of Conquering Lion Yoga, is hosting a retreat in the Berkshires from November 23 to November 25 to help you center yourself for the onset of the chaotic holiday season. The weekend includes asanas, Sanskrit chanting, meditations, group discussions, and lectures. $215, www.kripalu.org
Thanks+Giving Hurricane Benefit Class at Yoga Union
This 90-minute open-level flow class, led by Jane DoCampo, will allow you to pay your gratitude forward. Proceeds benefit the Mayor’s Fund for NYC Hurricane Relief. 11:00 a.m—12:30 p.m., Register for the class online and bring a minimum $20 donation, www.yogaunion.com
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