We all know the scales tend to tip — and not in our favor — during the holiday season. This year, plan to burn some extra calories so you can still indulge in your favorite culinary traditions, but with a lot less guilt. While many gyms and studios are either closed or operate under limited hours on the holidays, there are still plenty of ways to work up a sweat around town. Avoid tight-jeans syndrome by hitting one of these options on Thanksgiving Day or immediately after:
Join several thousand of your neighbors in one of the largest five-mile races in the country. In addition to torching calories pre-meal, running up and down Belle Meade Boulevard on a crisp fall morning isn’t a bad way to start the day. The race starts at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving, and you can register in advance at active.com or any time after 6 a.m. on race day.
One of the new businesses to hit the Gulch this year, Barry’s Bootcamp is open 365 days a year, so you have no excuse to miss a workout. And what a workout it is: A class at Barry’s burns 800 to 1,000 calories. So go ahead, have seconds. Classes on T-day are at 7:15, 8:30 and 10 a.m.
Krank, located in Bandywood, is offering two cycling classes on Thanksgiving Day — 7 or 8 a.m., so pick your poison. They’re also throwing in 100 push-ups, just for fun. Doesn’t that sound fun?
This company has locations on Elliston and in Cool Springs, ensuring you can get a solid hot yoga class regardless of where you live. On Thanksgiving Day, hit a Power Hour class at 9 a.m. or a Hot 26 at noon at the Elliston location. Cool Springs offers their Power Hour at 8:30 a.m. and Hot 26 at 10 a.m. On Black Friday, both locations will have Hot 26 at noon and a two-hour “Burn Off the Turkey” class (Elliston’s is at 10 a.m., and Cool Springs’ at 2 p.m.).
Located on Music Row, Results Fitness will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, but they’re holding a “Post Turkey Burn” circuit Saturday morning that is sure to put a dent in the damage you did.
In addition to offering some seriously good deals — $5 community classes! — Edgehill Village’s Steadfast and True Yoga has a Thanksgiving Day “Yoga and Burn Off the Turkey/Tofurkey” Vinyasa class with owner and yoga goddess Gillian St. Clair from 9:30-11 a.m.