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5 ways to sweat in Charlotte on Thanksgiving morning

5 Ways to Sweat in Charlotte on Thanksgiving Morning

The average American eats somewhere between 2,000-4,000 calories while enjoying their Thanksgiving meal. This includes grazing on appetizers, refilling your wine glass a few times, the actual feast itself and dessert. That’s essentially an entire day’s calorie allotment (and more for many) in one meal.

The good news? One indulgent meal is not going to do any permanent damage to your waistline even though it might make you feel a little full and bloated. As long as you’re eating healthy on a regular basis, an occasional tip in the calorie scale won’t throw you off course.

More good news? You can offset some of those excess calories with a Thanksgiving morning workout. Even if you’re not concerned with the calories consumed, it still just feels good to do something active before spending the day sitting around and eating. Did you know that the average meal is processed through our bodies in 1-3 hours but large, indulgent meals can take up to 8-12 hours? Help wake up your metabolism and get your body going with a Thanksgiving workout.

Luckily, the Queen City is full of ways you can sweat on Thanksgiving from turkey trots to yoga classes to CrossFit WODs. We’ve compiled a list of five ways you can sweat in Charlotte on Thanksgiving morning.

(1)  Charlotte South Park Turkey Trot 

Join over 10,000 local runners for an 8K or 5K race through the SouthPark neighborhood. We love a few things about this race. First, there’s tons of parking available at SouthPark Mall. Second, later starting times of 9 a.m. for the 8K and 9:30 a.m. for the 5K mean you can enjoy a little extra sleep and breakfast with the fam before heading to the starting line. And last, this event is family friendly. There is a baby jogger division for the 8K and the 5K welcomes runners and walkers. There’s even a special 26 yard tot trot at 10:15 a.m. for the little ones.

Looking for a race a little closer to home? Ballantyne now offers its own turkey dash with a 1-mile or 4-mile option and Lake Norman will host its 9th Annual Turkey Trot with a 5K or 10K (along with an option to do both back-to-back!)

(2) Get really sweaty with hot yoga at Charlotte Yoga.

Charlotte Yoga in the ParkTowne Village Shopping Center will offer three hot yoga classes on Thanksgiving morning at 8, 9:15 and 10:45. This is a great option for not only getting a good sweat but also for starting your day with intention and gratitude.

Other yoga studios in the area are also offering special Thanksgiving classes so check schedules for more information.

(3) Hop on a bike at Flywheel

Flywheel has a full schedule on Thanksgiving morning with the first class starting at 6:30 and the last class kicking off at 11:30. The 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. classes have been coined the “Cornbread Crush” and are guaranteed to give you a 45-minute heart pumping, calorie burning cycling. Classes fill up quickly so reserve your spot online.

(4) Get a WOD in at Metro CrossFit

Metro CrossFit in Elizabeth is hosting a special Thanksgiving-themed turkey burning, pie earning WOD at 9 a.m. Expect a little extra intensity and a longer workout work up your appetite for the feast. Drop ins are welcome.

Other CrossFit boxes in the area are also hosting Thanksgiving WODs so check schedules for more information.

 (5) Head to the Barre

Carolina Core and Barre will offer Barre Fusion classes at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving. Join co-owner Amity Whalen for a fun and challenging start to the day.

Photo: Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer