Best Way to Beat the Turkey Wobbles When Traveling This Thanksgiving

” An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving day.” — Irv Kupcinet

Thanksgiving is a day I commonly and lovingly refer to as a day where you gobble until you wobble. As a group fitness instructor that is also a hard thing to stomach. Pun intended. Exercise has become a massive part of my life even when I travel and especially over the holidays.

Let’s face it; food is inevitable during certain times of the year and traveling to see family and friends can take a toll on the body as well. I drive a minimum of 4.5 hours to see my side of the family and I find myself feeling like a blob after that drive, and I haven’t even eaten the food yet.

Good news folks, there are plenty of ways to fend off the holiday jiggles and add a little fun to the holidays. If applicable, the following are also great ways to see new parts of a town/city you’re visiting and a way to escape the in-laws for a short endorphin-filled activity.


My favorite way to beat the turkey wobbles? Turkey Trots


My boyfriend and I started this tradition five years ago, and we have now run 5k, and 10k fun runs on Thanksgiving morning in three states. While it is usually pretty cold, we start the day doing something together that we both enjoy.

Giving Back

Almost all of the turkey trots I’ve participated in give back the proceeds or a portion of them to the community. Many of the events are hosted by charitable organizations so you know your money is going somewhere that can truly make a difference. Many races also supplement the seasonal giving by hosting a food drive during the event to maximize their positive impact.

See a New Place in a New Way

Even if you’re going home for the holidays, you can see a new part of your city or connect with people you haven’t seen in a long time. Take a mini vacation if you aren’t seeing family this year and experience a new place like a local!

No Guilt

The prices are almost always extraordinarily low and you burn off a massive amount of calories before the eating festivities have begun. While the rest of your family and friends are sitting on the couch complaining about the weight gain you are out there getting healthier on a day where most people fall off the wagon.

Family Friendly

Many turkey trots feature different race distances. There are longer runs for adults and kid-friendly distances as well. There’s something for everyone! The race I’m running in this year is the first one we’ve participated in that allows dogs, so it is truly family friendly!

Published by Emma Browning

Hey everyone, my name is Emma Browning. Thanks for stopping by. I like to think of myself as a modern day renaissance woman since I basically do a little bit of everything. Here's a few of my jobs/hobbies in case you're curious: Group Fitness Instructor (Zumba, BodyStep and BodyPump), small business owner (string art& travel photography), archaeologist/anthropologist, actress, SCUBA dive master, reading addict, dog mom, cellist, and of course travel enthusiast. I've traveled to over 21 countries and speak French fluently and am learning Spanish. Traveling is one of my all time favorite things to do whether it be a day trip with my dog or a massive international adventure. I created this blog to help others see the world vicariously through my wanderings and also to give useful tips and essential information that will hopefully inspire more people to travel. Hopefully you have as much fun reading these posts and get a lot of useful information from them!

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