THERESA: Tomorrow's Thanksgiving, and we'll all be stuffing our faces, of course, but why not make exercise part of the family holiday as well? Remember the Kennedy clan and their famous touch football games? When I was a kid, we'd all play touch football too when we'd get together for Thanksgiving, out in the cow pasture behind our house. (Had to be sure to take our shoes off before coming in for dinner!) Thanksgiving can be a great day for a family fun run or a hike in the morning before all the chowing down begins. Any suggestions or thoughts, girlfriends?
LAURIE: Oh, we did that one year at my brother's. The day after Thanksgiving, a sunny and crisp November day, we had a touch football game. Somebody threw the ball, my 40ish brother caught it, took a stride - and pulled a groin muscle. Don't forget to warm up before that big game, weekend warriors!
Maybe this year, I'll take time out to get on the treadmill, but that can be hard when you've got little nieces and nephews pulling at you.
THERESA: Well, I gotta tell you, this past Sunday morning I ran 10 miles in the morning and THEN I cooked an early Thanksgiving feast that afternoon for my family (because I'll be gone on the actual holiday). I did turkey and ALL the trimmings. And you know, I felt so mellow all day! And when I sat down to dinner, I felt no guilt filling up my plate and then going back for seconds.
ELLEN: What time on Thursday would be good to plan a group walk? We don't want any groin injuries in our family this year. Between the turkey cooking (April???) and football games (Yvonne???), is there a good time? I need a strategy here, girlfriends.
YVONNE: If the 12:30 Green Bay/ Detroit game is over by 3:30 then you can get in a nice 30-35 minute walk in before the 4:05 Miami/ Dallas. It'll still be light out. Then you won't feel guilty if you have your meal later and dessert.
ELLEN: Excellent! Thanks!