Walk or Run Your Best Turkey Trot
A healthy and fun way to start your Thanksgiving day is to walk, walk-run or run a local Turkey Trot 5K race. Follow these simple tips to stay active and happy throughout the busy holiday season.
- Make a commitment to yourself to train 3 days a week.
- Sign up with friends or family members so you can support each other during training.
- Think about whether you want to walk, run or walk/run the event and train accordingly. Use one of our 5K training programs to help you learn the techniques while building distance.
- Start with whatever distance you can comfortably handle and add 10 minutes per week to each workout until the event.
Practice your ChiWalking and/or ChiRunning technique to stay injury-free:
- Good posture increases your lung capacity, makes deep breathing easier, and lightens your step.
- Your lower abdominal muscles are your support system during movement. Focusing here will strengthen these muscles and keep you emotionally centered.
- Practice relaxing during your walks or runs, especially your arms and legs. Use your workouts as a time to stop thinking about all you have to do and start feeling your own body and being.
- Enjoy the outdoors and fresh air as much as possible. A treadmill is a great alternative, but fresh air and open skies will lift your spirits and give you energy.
- Think of moving forward with your upper body, your forehead and shoulders making a triangle with which you push the air in front of you. This will make walking or running easier than pulling yourself forward with your legs.
- Don’t use increased exercise as an excuse to eat more.
If you can't train for a Turkey Trot this year, make sure you take time to get outside, move, and breathe deeply. When you take a break from friends and family to quiet yourself, you’re much more likely to stay in tune with your body's needs, eat wisely, and reduce stress. This holiday season, make a commitment to yourself to gain peace of mind instead of pounds.