According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during Thanksgiving. Between the main meal, the pie, the drinks, and all the appetizers and sides the pounds can pile on fast.

Lucky for us on Fort Lauderdale Beach our beautiful fall weather provides the opportunity to get outside and burn off all those holiday goodies.

So go ahead and have that pumpkin pie (323 calories/slice), because some of our favorite outdoor activities (and amount of calories you can burn) are right outside our door.

 

Two Words: Turkey Trot

Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot and Paddle

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, and one thing we are all thankful for is the annual Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot on Fort Lauderdale Beach Thanksgiving morning. Not only does it give one an opportunity to get those calories out before calories go in as a 5K run in 35 min. will help you make room for a heaping 411 calories of Apple Pie.  It's also a great family activity and way to start the day, giving thanks for all we're thankful for - including 70 degree fall days and serene ocean views.

 

Ride a Bike

Broward County’s bike share program, AvMed Rides powered by Broward B-cycle, is offering free 60-minute rides over the Thanksgiving weekend on Nov. 25. Riders can take advantage of the offer by clicking here to unlock the promo code. This offer is valid at all AvMed Rides kiosks, including the four on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Regular rates will apply after the initial free 60 minutes.

Average 12 to 14 miles an hour and you’ll burn 544 calories every 60 minutes.

 

From Soup to SUP

Paddleboard, standup paddleboard, kayak

Many think of stand up paddleboarding as a fun and relaxing activity mostly anyone can do. However, it is also one of the best workouts out there, combining balance, strength, and endurance which are exercised whether you are paddling or just balancing on your board. It’s not only an excellent core workout but also the toes, legs, back, shoulders, arms and neck which all work together. And whether your SUP calorie burning workout includes Yoga, burning on average 416-550 calories per hour, or you're more a recreational paddler, you can still burn 305-430 calories leisurely paddling in an hour.
Bye Bye Pumpkin Pie.

Park & Ocean Sunset Paddle
Every Friday, paddle along an ancient and freshwater Coastal Dune Lake for a mile, an endangered ecosystem crucial to the environmental health of this state park’s barrier island system. This is our little piece of the Everglades for all to enjoy under the stunning casts of our Florida sunsets. Park & Ocean is located within Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Contact us for more information 954-563-2900 or visit http://www.parkandocean.com/sunset-tours

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park offers a number of ways to work physical activity into your day, whether you choose to join in on one of their complementary Interpretive Ranger-guided walks each Friday and Saturday of the month, bicycle along the 1.9 mile drive, rent a canoe to explore the coastal dune lake or participate in a monthly Wellness seminar. Every Monday, the park offers Tai Chi & Qigong classes to exercise the mind, stretch the body and invigorate the soul.

 

Walk It Off

Let's face it, Thanksgiving begins the merry-go-round of holiday feasts and parties, where of course beer, cocktails and wine are considered a menu course. However, while each glass you raise can add anywhere from 80-180 additional calories to your diet, a leisurely 60 minute walk will help you burn off a glass or two.

One of our favorite places to take a walk back in time is Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Nestled among miles of beachfront development the 35 acres of a pristine barrier island ecosystem that make up the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens estate. Stroll through the grounds and view the finest orchid collections in the U.S. and catch a glimpse of playful monkeys and majestic swans during the hour to two and a half hour walking tours of the grounds and historic Bartlett home.

 

Hit The Gym

fort lauderdale beach park gym

If ever there was a location to get you motivated to shed those holiday calories it's Fort Lauderdale Beach, and there is nothing more motivating that a gym with a view. With the ability to burn anywhere from 250 - 550 calories per hour

Calisthenics Park at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park (Florida). In the sand next to 2 basketball courts you find a massive outdoor fitness gym complete with a fitness circuit including  pull up bars (high bars), parallel bars, low bars for push up workout and incline benches for ab exercises. On a warm Fort Lauderdale Beach Day you can

The Gym Fort Lauderdale Beach is the only Gym in the United States equipped with a open roof top workout area with the panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. They are home to the most educated and experienced personal trainer staff and group instructors who lead by example while making their members a priority. TIP! Locals can go on to their website to sign up for a free day pass

 

Rest & Rejuvenate

beach fitness

Atlantic Hotel & Spa
Maintaining your fitness routine is easy when you stay at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa. The fitness center is open 24/7 to hotel guests and boasts state-of-the-art cardio and strength training machines. They also offer complimentary beach bootcamps twice a week and a have a full service Spa on property.

Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
To counterbalance the calories of Doubletree's famous Chocolate Chip cookies awaiting you at check in, Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach provides a range of activities for the outdoor adventurer and water sports enthusiasts, including Bicycle Rentals, Fishing, Diving and Snorkeling Tours, a Fitness Room, Tennis Courts and of course a Pool, which can all be found onsite. A quick hop over the skywalk will also take you to the outdoor gym at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, which features a fitness circuit, basketball and volleyball courts.

W Fort Lauderdale
With their Whatever/Whenever mantra, W Fort Lauderdale offers fitness enthusiasts Whatever/Whenever options, ranging from daily Beach Yoga and Crossfit Bootcamps, to doing laps in their peek-a-boo swimming pool ( ask about the locals day pass!), or getting hard-core in the state-of-the-art, fully-equipped FIT Center solo or with a personal Whatever/Whenever trainer.

Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Whether you are looking to inject some energy into your day by paying a visit to the WORKOUT® Fitness Studio, or hit the beach for a run,  The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has you covered. From their New Balance Gear Lending program to the weekly Funky Fun Run's every Thursday night, healthy dining options and a full service spa, locals and visitors alike have a wealth of healthy options.