Turkey trots, hikes highlight our Thanksgiving week! Get out and move this holiday!

Watch out for the coyotes and snakes kids! Seriously, the kids are enjoying hikes on trails around Phoenix.

Watch out for the coyotes and snakes kids! Seriously, the kids are enjoying hikes on trails around Phoenix. We are planning to hike Thanksgiving morning and eat late afternoon. (P.S. Two hours of hiking burns about 1200 calories according the YMCA computer.)

This was the view of Phoenix from a hike a few weeks ago. The kids like that you can see so far here -- no big trees.

This was the view of Phoenix from a hike a few weeks ago. The kids like that you can see so far here -- no big trees.

While we are still adapting to living out West, one thing I do like very much about our new city is the focus on fitness. The weather is finally nice here (not 120 degrees!) and everyone is getting out to exercise.

Our schools have been in session this week and the big kids’ schools have both done Turkey Trots. The kids train for weeks running laps around the school and the fields. Then on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving the kids have fun runs with their families at school. The parents come out to the schools and run along side their kids. (I couldn’t keep up with Walsh yesterday. I was cutting corners on the field and I still couldn’t catch up. He was a little Forrest Gump – he just kept on running. We’ll see about Rose today.)

It’s not like the Boosterthon we use to do in Gwinnett. The schools aren’t trying to raise money. They just want to focus on fitness during the holidays. (The schools also do their winter parties outside with races and other athletic games. It’s really nice to get the kids moving.)

We are also planning to hike up a mountain on Thanksgiving morning. (I am coming down with a cold so I hope it doesn’t get too bad and we can still go.) The kids are loving all the different hiking trails around the city. There are rocks and cacti and from the top you can see the whole area. It’s fun to get out as a family, explore and get exercise. (We are hoping that if we train on the little mountain, eventually we can hike the Grand Canyon as a family. Lilina will need to be a little bit bigger!)

So I am hoping that these experiences might encourage other families to get out, enjoy the nice weather (supposed to 66 degrees F on Thanksgiving Day in Atlanta) and get some exercise as a family. (Maybe Stone Mountain or Kennesaw Mountain?)

Are there any opportunities for you to get out and have some family exercise on Thaksgiving Day or the weekend? Family football or kickball? Family walks or hikes? Family turkey trots?

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Jelly Sandwich Meat

November 23rd, 2011
12:11 pm

I have no family. Long story really. I will spend the holidays alone again. I don’t mind really.


November 23rd, 2011
12:43 pm

I miss phoenix in the fall / winter / spring. The mountains south of phoenix are great but camelback is still my favorite.


November 23rd, 2011
1:07 pm

Sounds like fun, Theresa. A way to make new family traditions. Our family plans on hiking on the Bartram trail in Rabun County on Saturday as the turkey cooks. Should be fun!


November 23rd, 2011
1:12 pm

I love to visit Phoenix and it has been a while since I have been there. Have a wonderful weekend with your family! My favorite is Sedona….beautiful!


November 23rd, 2011
1:21 pm

I love getting out and hiking and running on holidays. We’re taking the boys hiking this weekend, and I’m running in the morning. I’ll take the boys around the neighborhood biking and scootering tomorrow morning before we head up to see family. Helps calm the first wave of energy! I have a 10k and several 5Ks scheduled in December on the mornings of social (fattening) occasions. It really helps! I’m also participating in a boot camp/ Toys for Tots fundraiser with my work team. That should be interesting! Just remember, regular exercise during holidays does allow you to have your cake and eat it too!


November 23rd, 2011
2:43 pm

We’re heading to a nearby state park on Friday with our friends and their kids (4 families total) to do a bit of hiking and running around. None of us are into shopping so this seemed like a great, low-cost way to spend time together and get the kids out of the house.


November 23rd, 2011
3:14 pm

No big trees is right. I went to San Jose and you could see for blocks in any direction. Just nekkid everything. I went back to Ohio and was immensely grateful for all of our greenery and our forty inches of annual rainfall.


November 23rd, 2011
9:56 pm

We are having a Turkey Trot in my neighborhood tomorrow- a 5k and a 1 mile fun run. It’s not a big event….just an opportunity for us to get together and burn a few calories for The Big Feed. I’m excited about it!


November 24th, 2011
11:12 pm

I didn’t realize you had moved. I love Tuscon, never been to phoenix much. Take the kids to the Desert Museum in Tucson as soon as you can. You will ALL enjoy it. http://www.desertmuseum.org/


November 25th, 2011
5:33 am

I am going to get out and move. I start with a bike ride[10 m] then do the house work. In the afternoon I take another bike ride and I end the day with a mile in the pool[88 lengths] I like to at least do as many lengths as my age. In the evening dinner with a long time friend. Life is grand, if only i was on the “A” list for the parties in Washiington and Beverly Hills, it would be perfect. I am a step away from the “power elite”‘

Sk8ing Momma

November 27th, 2011
4:13 pm

What fun it sounds like you had! I’m not from Phoenix; but, I am from out west ~ Los Angeles. IMO, you can’t beat the terrain out there! It’s gorgeous. There’s plenty to do and people do take exercising and getting out more seriously.

We didn’t get out much this year as a family; but, my husband and son did take advantage of our great weather in Atlanta by going on a bike ride on Thanksgiving morning. They had a wonderful time. In years past we’ve gone for a bike ride as a family on the Silver Comet Trail…FUN! (This year I just went to the gym the days before and after Thanksgiving.)

Being active is a lifestyle for my family and I’m thankful that we’re in good health and physically fit.