2 turkey trots and 28 fitness classes to help you stay active on Thanksgiving

2 turkey trots and 28 fitness classes to help you stay active on Thanksgiving

Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

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We’re busy showing gratitude to and for everyone around us on Thanksgiving; it can be easy to forget to do the same for ourselves. 

Why it matters: It’s nice to create a little extra room for more pie, but remember to carve out time for yourself during the holidays. 

Here are three ways you can. 

1. Get on the greenway.

Go for a walk, run or bike ride on the greenway. It’s free, in nature and the perfect dose of fresh air. 

  • One of my favorite holiday traditions was a walk with my mom before digging into several helpings of mashed potatoes and gravy. She would’ve loved Charlotte’s greenways and Axios’ Symphony Webber’s walking trails guide.

Bonus: Spend the day or weekend after Thanksgiving in nature with our Definitive hiking guide: The 16 best hikes around Charlotte.


2. Take on a turkey trot.

Whether it’s a mile or five, nothing says Thanksgiving like a turkey trot. 

Charlotte Turkey Trot: Run an 8K, 5K or mile to kick off Thanksgiving in-person or virtually. The race starts and ends at SouthPark Mall. 

Starting times: 

  • 8K 9am. 
  • 5K 8:20am. 
  • Mile8am. 

Turkey Dash: Head to the Village at Robinson Farm for a 4-mile run/walk or a mile fun run/walk. 

Starting times: 

  • 4-mile 8:30am. 
  • Mile 9:30am. 

Bonus: Run the 4-mile race and stay to run the mile at no extra charge. 

3. Take a fitness class.

Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy一thank you, Elle Woods. Happy people have a better chance of tolerating holiday stress. Here are seven fitness studios offering 28 classes on Thanksgiving. 

  • Barry’s: Three 50-minute classes at 7:30am, 8:45am and 9:45am. 
  • Corepower Yoga: Four 60-minute classes between Park Road (9am and 11am) and Midtown (10am and 12:15 pm). The 11am and 12:15pm classes are donation-based. 
  • CycleBar: two 45-minute classes at 8am and 9am. 
  • Fit Atelier: two 60-minute classes at 9am and 10am. 
  • MADABOLIC: eight 50-minute classes between Elizabeth and South End at 7:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am and 10:30am in both locations. 
  • [solidcore]: three 50-minute classes (7:40am, 8:45am and 11:30am) and one 65-minute class (9:50am). 
  • Y2: six 60-minute classes between Dilworth (5:45am, 7am and 8:15am) and Cotswold (6am, 7:15am and 8:30am).  

Go deeper: Axios’ Brianna Crane reported on 15 Charlotte fitness studios with sign on specials like free classes.

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