Don't be a butterball: Where to work out this Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving recipe for trouble: On the most calorie-laden day of the year (the average Thanksgiving meal weighs in at 3,000 calories), gyms and fitness studios grind to a halt, closing early and running skeletal class schedules to observe this national day of binge eating. It’s hard to ignore this irony, which goes for yoga studios, too: The same flexible folks who impart Buddhist sutras and conduct half their class in Sanskrit roll up their Manduka mats to observe this American-as-apple-pie holiday.

Because exercising the day of a huge meal has many benefits— that’s according to NYC personal trainer and certified fitness nutrition coach Laura Miranda—not just us, Well+Good has rustled up the best workouts happening on Thanksgiving Day that will get your metabolism cranking.

“If you work out in the morning, you’ll have done something good for yourself and you’ll be a lot less likely to stuff your face,” says Miranda. “Of course, you also metabolize food more effectively after resistance training or weight training.” Another boon of Thanksgiving Day workouts? The huge psychological benefits, says Miranda, which means you might be better able to keep your family-inspired temper as well as your portions under control this Thanksgiving holiday.

Run, don't trot, this Turkey Day

The Prospect Park Track Club, along with Jack Rabbit Sports, has organized a Thanksgiving Day 5-mile run in Prospect Park.
WHEN: 9:00 a.m.; race-day registration from 7:30-8:30
WHERE: Oriental Pavilion in Prospect Park
Walkers welcome; to learn more visit

Feel the "Turkey Burn"

The Spinning fanatics at Soul Cycle are not only having class Thanksgiving morning, they’ve super-sized it. “Turkey Burn” is a 90-minute Spin Extravaganza offered at both Manhattan locations.
WHEN: 8:45-10:15 a.m. (W. 72nd St.); 7:00-8:30 a.m. and 8:45-10:15 a.m. (E. 83rd St.)
WHERE: 117 W. 72nd St., Rear Lobby, 212-787-1300; 1470 Third Avenue *at NW corner of 83rd St.), 212-639-1300
HOW MUCH: $32 (Reservations recommended)

Spend Thanksgiving morning with instructor Ashley Bouldin

OM Factory Yoga Center is running a special class on Thanksgiving morning: “108 Sun Salutations,” (108 is a sacred number; attend the class to learn why) taught by Ashley Bouldin, who says she won’t be holding anyone to that number.
WHEN: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Om Factory Yoga Center, 265 W. 37th Street (at 8th Avenue), 212-616-8662

At Golden Bridge Yoga, explore what yogis mean by gratitude at this 2-hour Kundalini yoga session and meditation class taught by Guru Dharam.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12:30p.m.
WHERE: Golden Bridge Yoga, 253 Centre Street (btw. Grand and Broome Sts.), 212-343-8191

Do you have a big workout planned for Thanksgiving? Tell us about it, here!

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