So you’re going home for Thanksgiving.

You’re planning to eat copious amounts of sweet potato pie, laze around on the couch, and sleep past noon. SAME.

But if you’re like me, you can’t help but think: But my progress this semester at the gym! And sure, a little lazy never killed nobody. 5 days is really next to nothing when you think about how long it takes to build up muscle; but I always feel exponentially better on days when I sweat a little. And it helps prevent my irrational rest-day guilt.

So why not work out when you’re home? Sure, you don’t have access to your usual school gym. But that doesn’t have to stop you. Here are 5 fun ideas you can use to keep up with your workouts while you’re visiting home this week.

Workout in or around your house.

Just because you don’t have access to a gym doesn’t mean you can’t work out! Thanks to modern technology, there are a million at-home workouts at your fingertips. YouTube, fitness websites, Fit University (hehe) … A plethora of fun at-home workouts are accessible to everyone via the Internet. So why not do a little Google searching, fill up your water bottle, blast your favorite playlist, and go at it in your living room? You can also use one of my workout plans; I’ll be in my backyard doing HIIT drills while my dog gives me quizzical looks from through the screen door for sure. Another fun idea is to plan your own at-home workout! The best part about this is that you can put in all of your favorite exercises. I like to make sure I plan it out beforehand, though—having it all written down holds me accountable to do everything I intended to.

Go outside!

This is especially appealing if you’re visiting somewhere warm. I’m from South Florida, and I’m telling you, I cannot wait to sweat outside. Now’s your chance before the winter chill sets in for good. Go for a run outdoors, play a sport with your family or neighbors, or even just walk around your town. A little fresh air does everyone some good, in my opinion. (Plus, it offers a possibly much needed escape from your uninterrupted family time.)


This is mostly also applicable if you live somewhere warm, though lots of neighborhoods have indoor pools available to the public as well. Swimming is a fantastic cardio workout, and switching up the types of exercise you do helps your body out. You might find yourself sore the next day from only a few laps.

You could swim sprint laps if you’re looking for some heart rate increase, or even just swim around with some friends on a nice day. Swimming’s a great way to exercise without even really realizing it.

Turkey Trot it out.

Lots of towns have one—it’s the Thanksgiving morning, pre-feast run…kinda like Fit U’s Tough Turkey minus the obstacles. Though I’ve never participated in a Turkey Trot, I hear they’re a blast and a half. 

Take your family pet on walks/runs.

If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to vying for your family dog’s love and attention over the break. Let me tell you: your dog would love you for this. They make great running companions, too! With your favorite fuzzy animal beaming with their tongue flopping around at your side, it’ll be really tough not to love your workout.

I mean, just look at that face. 

So there you have it — no excuses Thanksgiving. That being said, give yourself a little break, too. It is a holiday, after all. 

About The Author

Holly is a senior at Northeastern University from Boca Raton, FL, where she is a double major in English and Mathematics. She loves books, math, and all things nerdy, as well as fitness. Holly is a group fitness instructor at her school's gym and at BURN Fitness Studios. Her favorite classes right now focus on HIIT training and cardio boxing.

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