The One Thing You Need to Do to Feel Good This Thanksgiving

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Updated Nov 21, 2018 @ 1:03 pm

So. Much. Food. That’s the thing about Thanksgiving, right? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to think about limiting myself or sacrificing at Thanksgiving—the entire holiday is built around abundance. And yet, I don’t want to feel bloated and gross, either.

The solution: Be the person who takes the dog for a walk after dinner.

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Why You Should Take a Walk After Thanksgiving Dinner

Taking a walk after a big meal—even one as short as 15 minuteshelps with blood sugar regulation, especially later in the day, when the body’s ability to do that is at its weakest. Moving around after a big meal also helps aid digestion, and can lower the risk of heartburn and reflux—not that your mom’s stuffing is going to give you heartburn or anything. Ahem.

Plus, not everyone’s holiday meal is right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. If your family dynamics run toward the tense, taking a walk after the meal can help reduce stress, giving you a break from Uncle Pete’s relentless jokes at your expense or the annual battle royale over politics.

So before you settle in to watch football or volunteer to help with the dishes, excuse yourself and take the dog (or just yourself) for a post-meal walk. Better yet, see who else wants to come along!

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