Healthy Tips For Thanksgiving

Nov 21, 2012

Tryon Gym on Marion Rd. in Sioux Falls
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

There's a reason they call it Turkey Day. People across South Dakota prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with bountiful meals, and some forget to count the calories. Ahead of the big day, a Sioux Falls fitness expert has a few tips for managing the food-focused holiday.

Thanksgiving Day is dedicated to being grateful – and eating. Longtime trainer Randy Hartz is one of the owners of Tryon Gym in Sioux Falls. He says people should eat normally Thursday to avoid over-indulging; that means a regular breakfast and healthy snacks. Hartz says people should choose more vegetables and meat instead of heavier carbs.

"Have some cheats in there, but, as long as they’re in there on purpose, you’re not going to have a problem with that," Hartz says. "We teach our clients, you need to have some cheat meals as treats each and every week. So we’ll just have our treat meal on Thursday at noon and everything else goes as planned."

Hartz recommends incorporating some level of physical activity into the typically sedentary holiday. He says even a short walk makes for a more healthful Thanksgiving.