If the waistband of your pants have more pressure on them than the Hoover Dam, you probably ate more than your share of the Thanksgiving Day feast! This is the one time of the year you should be celebrating with friends and family and enjoying the amazing food before you. However after a day of indulgence, you may not be feeling all that great come Black Friday! Here are a couple of tips to get you back into the swing of things.
1. Drink lots of water!
Most of your holiday meal as well as all the salty snacks before and after will likely have left you dehydrated. Alcohol and coffee tend to throw your water balance off as well. Skip the sports drinks and diet soda and re-hydrate yourself with lots of water. Not only will it help make any hangover headaches feel better, but water helps to hydrate the digestive system to make sure things are moving properly.
2. When in doubt, stretch it out!
Many of you may have traveled quite a bit to get to your Thanksgiving day destination. Sitting in a cramped car or airplane seat for hours on end can leave you feeling a bit stiff. If you don’t have time for a workout before you hit those Black Friday sales, do yourself a favor and get some stretching in! Stretching helps get oxygen rich blood flowing through your muscles and can help alleviate any cramping that a day of traveling and dehydration can cause.
3. Use what you got!
You don’t need a gym or personal trainer at hand to start burning off those extra holiday calories. Put your headphones on, lace up your tennis shoes and go for a long walk! Once you get your blood pumping and heart rate up, you’ll feel much more alert and ready to battle the snarls of traffic and mobs of holiday shoppers. Before you hit the showers, you can finish off your walk with a few push ups and stretching and before you know it, you’ve burned off a couple hundred of those pesky calories.
4. Don’t shop till you drop!
You need your rest. Long travel hours and late nights with family and friends can leave you feeling utterly exhausted. If you’re one of those Black Friday deal hunters and up at the crack of dawn to tackle your holiday shopping, you’re likely not getting enough sleep. Not to worry, a couple cat naps throughout the day can help you keep going not to mention keep your body from completely wearing down.
About Riley Daye
Riley Daye is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Lifestyle and Weightloss Consultant. He is a Los Angeles Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Consultant who specializes in Weight Loss and Sport Specific Training. Contact Riley to schedule a private consultation.