9 Workouts for a Healthy Holiday

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Here’s what we know is going to happen on Thanksgiving. We know there’ll  be comfort food. We know there’ll be lots of comfort food. We know plates will be full and we’ll eat more than we should. We know there will be dessert. So, before the festivities commence, head to one of these fitness classes designed to offset the inevitable second helpings and save you from day-after regret.


Glen Rock Thanksgiving Day Run, Glen Rock

Thursday, November 23rd, 9:00 am

Pre-game for your holiday feast with this 5k run on a USATF Certified course. Run starts and ends at the Glen Rock Municipal Pool. Kids fun run starts at 9:45 am. Deadline to register is Wednesday, November 22nd at 4:00pm.

390 Doremus Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ US 07452


Upper Saddle River 5K, Upper Saddle River

Thursday, November 23rd, 9:00 am

Expect competitive individual and family competitions at this USATF certified and sanctioned event. This race, organized by the Upper Saddle River Recreation Commission and benefiting the local community, starts and ends at Cavalini Middle School. Register online or in-person at Cavallini Middle School on Wednesday, November 22nd between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.

392 W Saddle River Rd, Upper Saddle River, NJ US 07458


Cycle Bar, Fort Lee

Thursday, November 23rd, 7:00 am and 10:45 am

Friday, November 24th, 10:45 am

Hop on your bike and imagine that first hill ahead of you. Now imagine that hill is made of mashed potatoes. And there on the very top, you see not a slice, but a slab of pie. Ready, set, go get the pie! You can even have a second slice after your Turkey Burn ride. And, if you really overindulge, you head back on Friday for a post-feast spin.

2012 Hudson St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024


Lifetime Fitness, Montvale

Thursday, November 23rd, 6:30 am and 7:00 am

Gather your friends for two ways to get moving before your festivities begin. The “Beast before Feast” spin class begins at 6:30 am. Then follow it up with the “Thighs before Pies” barre class. Before you leave, refuel with complimentary coffee and light breakfast bites then head home to your chopping, sauteing and stuffing. Best of all? These classes are open to non-member guests. Another reason to be thankful!

10 Van Riper Rd, Montvale, NJ 07645


Equinox, Paramus

Thursday, November 23rd, 8:30 am

On the one hand, you have coffee and doughnuts while watching handlers wrangle giant errant balloons down Broadway. On the other hand, you have the Beast N’ Feast Ride at Equinox. Lucky for you, you can do both. Work up a sweat, then head home, guilt-free, to start the feast portion of your day.

776 NJ-17, Paramus, NJ 07652


Bamboomoves, Englewood

Thursday, November 23rd, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Join Allison Egan Datwani for a special all level Thanksgiving heart opening and back bending yoga flow practice followed by restorative yoga designed for rest and renewal. Spend a quiet moment at the end of the class counting blessings and setting an intention for how to make a difference through compassionate action. Please bring nonperishable food, clothing or donations to benefit Sadhana Hurricane Relief.

12 Engle St #300, Englewood, NJ 07631


Ride Cycling Studios, Northvale

Thursday, November 23rd, 7:30 am, 8:30 am and 10:00 am or Friday, November 24th, 8:00 am or 9:30 am.

Whether you’re anticipating your overindulgence, you’ve done your damage, or you’re in need of a vigorous warm-up for your Black Friday marathon, Ride has you covered with TurkeyBurn and TurkeyTorch classes offered both Thursday and Friday morning. Pre- and post-holiday classes for all - no excuses!

277 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647


Turkey Trot 5k and 15k, New York City

Saturday, November 25th, 9:00 am

No matter how much you eat on Thursday, you’re going to be hungry again by Saturday. Which the organizers of this race obviously know since runners get a giant cinnamon roll at the completion of the course. Not that that will be the reason you choose to run this race. But listen, no judgment here. Kids Dash starts at 9:00 am, 5k and 15k begin at 9:15 am.

Roosevelt Island, NY


Butterball Burn Specialty Class, Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus

Saturday, November 25th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Pop your little butterball in the stroller and join Fit4Mom for a high-intensity Stroller Strides class. Calorie burn and window shop at the same time. Because who doesn’t need to multitask during the holidays?

1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652

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