Hard to believe, and even harder to hear, is that the average American loads his or her Thanksgiving dinner plate with about 3,000 calories each year. Add pre- and post- snacks and drinks, and calorie count soars to about 4,500 — or more than twice the recommended intake. You could have eaten six Whoppers and still have calories to spare.
Options abound for working off all those calories. You could do aerobics for about six hours, take a 5½-hour bike ride, swim laps for six hours, run a marathon and a half or spend 12 hours on an elliptical trainer. Or, since misery loves company, you could turn your exercise into a party and join the YMCA for this year’s Turkey Burn Bash, a 2- to 4-hour exercise extravaganza at three area Y locations that includes a feast of calorie-torching activities.
Early birds can hit the ground running at the Northwest Family YMCA in Irmo, which will kick off the day with an 8 a.m. boot camp followed by cycling and Body Pump, which combines cardio moves with weight training, all set to high-energy music.
The program at the Jeep Rogers Family Y in the Northeast starts at 9 a.m. and will include PowerRide cycling, zumba dancing, barre classes and ab-strengthening work.
Even late risers can feel the burn: the Downtown Y’s bash begins at noon with cycling; there’s Body Pump at 1 p.m. A second program starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m.
Exercisers can attend any of all of the classes at each location. The Turkey Burn Bash is free at Jeep Rogers and downtown and $15 for non-members at Northwest.
For more information, visit columbiaymca.org
Katie McElveen, Special to The State