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Holiday Kitchen Fitness Tips

Thanksgiving is almost here! What a special time it is to gather with family and friends. Much of the holiday is focused on the food, but before we all get too stuffed, check out these fun ways to stay active and strong on the big day.


Kitchen counter push-ups

Let’s face it. Many of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen during the holiday season. While you wait for the water to boil, why not get in some push-ups?

Stand a few feet away from the counter and place your hands on the edge of the counter, shoulder width apart. Tighten your core and lower your chest toward the counter. Push away and repeat 5 to 15 times. Counter push-ups are great for the core and arms, and they are less strenuous on the body than a traditional push-up. This exercise is not recommended for those with shoulder injuries.


Yes we can!

Whether you have cans of pumpkin, cartons of stock or even a jar or two of peanut butter, these are all great ingredients in the kitchen and they can double as light hand weights. From bicep curls to tricep kickbacks, arm circles to reverse flies, your arms will feel stronger in no time. Try to get in 5 to 15 repetitions of a few different exercises. Grab your sous chef and do some weight lifting in the kitchen.


Cranberry calf-raises

The cranberries are simmering on the stove. In between stirs, hold onto the kitchen counter or the back of a chair and get in some calf-raises. Stand with feet parallel to each other and slowly raise your heels and lower. Repeat 5 to 15 times. Next, try with the feet “turned out” or in a “v” position. Lift the heels and lower. Can you feel the burn yet?


Whipped cream roundtable

Making whipped cream from scratch is not only tasty but also fun. When the time comes for dessert, pour some heavy cream into a bowl, grab a whisk and have all of your guests take turns whisking the cream. After about 5 minutes, you will have a delicious dessert topping and some buff eaters.


Walk it out

Instead of immediately darting for the television (or the dishwasher) after the big meal is over, grab your crew, zip up your coats and go for a short walk. Walking after meals can help us digest the meal and keep our minds away from picking at leftovers. Check out our previous blog post on walking for more tips.

The holidays are a busy and emotional time. If we can squeeze in 10 minutes of movement here and there throughout the day, it may help us feel better on the inside and out.

Be sure to speak with your physician and heath care team before starting any new exercise regimen or making changes to your current routine.

Stephanie Forsythe MS, RDN, CNSC, CDN

Stephanie Forsythe MS, RDN, CNSC, CDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who works as a Clinical Dietitian and Nutrition Coordinator at a hospital in Brooklyn. She helps patients meet their nutritional needs during their stay in the intensive care units. Aside from developing recipe and blog content for Savor Health, Stephanie also has worked as pastry cook in California and New York City. Stephanie received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master of Science in Nutrition Education from Teachers College Columbia University. She completed a Dietetic Internship and training through Teachers College.

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