Thanksgiving is a holiday spent with family, friends and food… a lot of food. And we sure love our Thanksgiving meals—so much so that the average person consumes more than 3,000 calories, if not more, in a single sitting. Despite the satisfying deliciousness and socially connectedness of it all, chances are you may feel a little guilty about how much you ate that day, especially with your New Year’s health goals looming overhead. But wouldn’t it feel great knowing you already ran off that pecan pie or swam away the turkey, stuffing and heaping scoop of creamy mashed potatoes? 

LivingHealthy is offering six workouts to help you do just that. By implementing an exercise plan or simply extending your regular workout an extra 15 to 20 minutes one to 10 days before November 26, you can help burn off a portion of your Thanksgiving meal—or maybe even your entire plate.

Note: The actual amount of calories burned will vary depending on the weight, muscle mass, workout intensity and other factors of each individual. Also, “moderate” and “vigorous” exercise will vary from person to person, so do what feels good for you.



  1. ABC News: How Many Calories You'll Eat This Thanksgiving
  2. Calorie Control Council
  3. Harvard Health: Calories burned in 30 minutes for people of three different weights
  4. University of New Mexico: Stairway to Health