De-Stuffing the Stuffing

Workouts and healthy tips to lose the Thanksgiving weight.

Vanessa Rogers

Soft homemade mash potatoes topped with some brown gravy touches the tip of the tongue. After a while, two plates of grandma’s turkey are gone… so what’s next? Say “eh it’s whatever” or get up and work off the 20 pounds that might’ve been gained over night? If that sounds intriguing, then here’s the perfect full body workout along with some healthy tips to do before Christmas rolls around and another 20 pounds is gained… okay, maybe not 20.


Full-body cardio and conditioning exercises:

Walking or running for at least ten minutes

Jumping Jacks: 20 reps

Leg swings: 10 per leg

Dips: 12 reps

Decline push-ups: 12 reps

Lunges: 12 reps per leg

Air Squats: 12 reps

Leg raises: 20 reps

Renegade Bow: 12 reps per side

Cool down: stretches  

-Repeat series five times (not cool down)


Toning workouts:

Flutter kicks: 45 seconds

Reaching Oblique Crunch: 45 seconds

Pilates Right Side Hip Raises: 45 seconds

Pilates Left Side Hip Raises: 45 seconds  

Russian Twists: 45 seconds

Toe Touch Crunches: 45 seconds

Pilates Leg Pulls (facing down): 45 seconds

Pilates Leg Pulls (facing up): 45 seconds

Pilates Toe Taps: 45 seconds

Knee Tuck Crunches: 45 seconds


Healthy tips:

-Drink lots of water, not only does water keep the body hydrated but it helps prevent the face from dryness and acne.

-Eat a balanced, high-protein breakfast.

-Limit sugary drinks and fruit juices. 

-Avoid salt and junk food.

-Eat slowly!


Sophomore Mckayla Johnson has her own beliefs on working out and being healthy.

“Exercising over Thanksgiving break is very beneficial because you stay healthy and aren’t out of shape once you go back into everyday rituals and sports,” Johnson said.