Trying to burn some extra calories before consuming all your favorite Thanksgiving dishes? Try out our fit to feast challenge, created by one of our agents, Maria Miller, who is a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer with several certifications including Corrective Exercise Specialist and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Prepare for Thanksgiving in true Colorado style, supporting local fitness studios and exercising in the great Colorado outdoors.
To start off our challenge, we’ll be hiking up one of Boulder’s favorite hiking trails, Mount Sanitas. This 1.1 mile trail climbs the ridge to the top, where extensive views of Boulder, Denver, and far beyond into the distance await. Don’t be fooled by the short distance: this trail is considered moderate to difficult. As always, bring water and take breaks to take a peek at the views if you need to catch your breath. If you’re looking for an easier option, try out the Mount Sanitas Valley Trail, which starts from the same trailhead, but allows hikers to take a wide, gravel path up a much gradual incline.
After you’ve gotten your cardio out of the way by hiking, take a day to stretch and do some hot yoga. If you’re new to the Yoga Pod, you can take advantage of their $30 for 30 special – for $30, you get 30 days of unlimited yoga. Maria recommends taking their 75 minute class at 9:30 am on Saturday. The Yoga Pod’s hot yoga includes breathing exercises, a standing series, and a floor series, all in a room set to 105 degrees and 60% humidity.
Next, we’re headed to F45 to do some weight training. With a complete, whole-body weights workout, you’ll be guided through F45’s innovative, challenging training session. Their Sunday class starts at 9:00am, and runs for 45 minutes, as the name implies. Get ready to train hard and feel those endorphins!
Led by WK’s own Maria Miller, Cycle 360 at the Colorado Athletic Club will work your heart rate towards breathlessness. If you’ve experienced SoulCycle in California, Cycle 360 will be right up your alley. The first 25 minutes of class will be exclusively cycling, followed by intervals of upper body weights on the bike and cycling drills for the remaining 35 minutes. You’ll move to the rhythm of upbeat music, and enjoy a total body workout. Past attendees have burned up to 550-750 calories just in this one hour! Class starts at 9:15am on Monday.
For Day 5, more yoga is in order! Maria advises trying one of The Little Yoga Studio’s Vinyasa Level 1 Yoga classes. The class focuses on breath, range of motion, body awareness, and building muscular strength. If you want to take a drop-in class, it’s $10. Take some deep breaths, learn a new style of yoga, and keep your chin up – only two more days left of our challenge!
To gear up before our final day, we’ll be doing weight training at RallySport. Check out one of their group classes, or do your own weights routine if you have one. Don’t forget to stay hydrated, and don’t push your limits – one last day before turkey time!
To complete our challenge, we’re headed on a 5k run! Hosted by T.E.A.M, this 5k is about being thankful for all of our family, friends, and local communities. This run has been held annually since the early 90s, and is coming back for the first time since a hiatus from 2015-2018. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food and canned goods to donate; in the past, over thousands of pounds of food and $100k has been donated to local food pantries. Registration closes at noon on Tuesday, November 20th, so be sure to register before then if you plan to race.