It’s almost thanksgiving! I am so excited for family time in Minnesota. Does your family have any traditions for the holiday? We spend Thanksgiving day with family in southern Minnesota. Some of the cooking is done by my aunts, and some of the cooking is a joint effort. Last year, I brought a healthy green bean casserole, and this year I’m not sure what I will bring. I am excited to drink wine and hang out with family for the day! It will be a lot of fun!
Another tradition I have is running the Lifetime Fitness Turkey Day 5K. I’ve been doing this run with various groups (and often times my little sister) since 2008. It’s a fun run and a great way to start the day. There are a ton of people who participate in this race in MPLS, so its not a speed run for me, but its fun to see so many people running and being active on this day. The past two years, I’ve done the race with my family friends. Added bonus: I love the long sleeve shirts from this race and find myself working out in the most of the year.
While you are enjoying delicious pies, turkey, stuffing, and wine this holiday, make sure to be thankful and give thanks. Thank the people around you for everything they do for you. Be thankful to your parents for all their support over the years. Let your friends know that you love them. This holiday has become a lot about stuffing your face and shopping dresses, but never forget to be truly thankful. I find that I am a lot happier when I am thankful and gracious for everything I have.
Also, I’ve been working in Little Rock, Arkansas this week. I tried out a new studio called Zen Studio. Zen offers indoor cycling, barre, yoga, pilates, and interval training classes. On Tuesday I tried to cycle + sculpt class that was a HIIT class with 30 minutes on the bike, 20 minutes of strength training, and 5 minute stretch. I really enjoyed this class! I really liked this class because the cycle portion is in the dark and it has fun “club-style” music. There is choregoraphy for some of the songs on the spin bike which is fun too! The sculp part of the class was different than I expected, it was interval style so doing as many reps as possible for a short period and then taking a rest. The moves were combination style such as a squat on a bosu while also using resistance bands to pull on your arms. This class was really different, and I want to try it again in January!