A heaping scoop of mashed potatoes, an extra piece of pumpkin pie — it can all add up.
Holiday weight gain might seem inevitable with tasty temptations and extra calories everywhere you turn, but Thanksgiving weekend can be about more than turkey and the fixings, it can also be a weekend of fitness.
Watching football from the comfort of your coach won’t burn many calories but there are plenty of opportunities to get active over the holiday weekend. From a pre-feast run to post-feast bowling, a little activity might go a long way toward staving off those extra holiday pounds.
Thanksgiving morning is usually her time to make dessert but, this year, Jennifer Owens will be running through the streets of Miamisburg rather than running around her kitchen.
The Xenia woman is just one of the estimated 10,000 runners and walkers who will take to the streets in the 35th Annual Turkey Trot in Miamisburg. According to the Ohio River Road Runners Club, the Turkey Trot is the largest 5-mile race in the eastern half of the country.
“Not exactly a traditional way to start the day, but I think it will be fun,” Owens said. “A bunch of people I work with ran it last year and I’m looking forward to joining them.”
An avid runner, Owens tries to compete in at least one race a month. She doesn’t mind the brisk weather a bit. In fact, she prefers cool temperatures and low humidity and has some advice for those who plan to venture out for the Turkey Trot.
“Layering is really important,” she said. “You don’t want to overheat or get cold.”
The Miamisburg event gets under way at 8 a.m. on Nov. 28 at a new location this year — 480 Vantage Point. For information, visit www.orrrcturkeytrot.com.
Once you’ve devoured some turkey, maybe it’s time to bowl a turkey – three consecutive strikes for the bowling novices.
Several local bowling centers are hosting events from Thanksgiving eve to Thanksgiving night.
Bowl 10 Fairborn will host a 9-pin no-tap tournament on Nov. 27 at 10 p.m. One-in-five bowlers will cash in the tournament which fills up every year. For information, call 937-878-9521.
If you want to get your bowling in before the feast begins, Poelking Lanes is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Shoot with check-in starting at 8 a.m. Also a no-tap tournament, the top 16 bowlers after a three-game qualifier will compete in match play. The winner will have some extra holiday shopping money as first place could pay as much as $1,000, based on 150 entries. For information, call 937-299-5573.
Century Lanes, in New Carlisle, is running a singles sweeper on Thanksgiving night at 7 p.m. Bowlers can do more than work off some turkey and stuffing as one in five will cash and youth bowlers can compete for scholarships. It starts with a three-game qualifier before the field is cut to the top eight for match play. For information, call 937-849-4220.
“Some people might need a break from their family by 7 p.m.,” Century Lanes general manager Rick Borns said with a smile.
If you are looking for some fresh air and family fun, Thanksgiving weekend marks the opening of Riverscape MetroParks Ice Rink. The outdoor ice rink, on the banks of the Great Miami River in downtown Dayton, will open for a season of family-friendly fun on Nov. 29.
The rink will be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Nov. 29 and 30 and from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 1. Admission is $7, which includes skate rental.
If holiday leftovers aren’t cutting it, skaters can enjoy the new winter menu at the adjacent Silver Fern Café or warm up with a hot chocolate by the fire. For information, visit www.metroparks.org.
You can skip the super sales and chaos of the mall and enjoy the tranquility of the great outdoors as the Dayton Hikers are hosting a Post Turkey Day Hike at Germantown MetroPark. The moderately paced hike will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Hikers should meet in the parking lot near the nature center. For information, visit www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/.
If you would rather get the family together for a casual hike before or after your holiday meal, you can hit the trails at the MetroParks or any community park. A nice brisk walk might even help you rationalize the extra stuffing.