Fit Tip Friday: Don't blame the turkey, yo

Ok, today is going to be short and sweet.  I know you're busy doing your thang. 

So, we all assume that it's the turkey's fault we feel so drowsy after a big Thanksgiving meal.  And while, yes, the amino acid called tryptophan in turkey (and most other foods on your table) does in fact induce sleepiness, guess what?  That's not really the crux of why you're left sluggish.

It's the combination of massive quantities of carbohydrates, sugar, richer-than-usual food that steals blood flow and oxygenation away from your brain.  And this, combined with things like tryptophan, causes you to not want to move a muscle.

But, as your friendly "get up and do it already" leader, I am here to remind you that exercise, especially high intensity, does exactly what you need RIGHT NOW.  It has a dramatically positive effect on the four main neurochemicals in the brain: Serotonin, Dopamine, Epinephrine, and Endorphin.  And, to add to that, you get increased circulation and an elevated heart rate, all leading to a much peppier sensation inside that turkey and sweet potato-laden skin of yours. 

The moral of the story?  Don't blame the turkey.  It's not the turkey.  Get your blood flow on and your brain chemicals raised and, voila, you'll be slinging leftovers with energy in no time.