Stuff for When You’re Stuffed

Spend Black Friday improving your health instead of pulling your hair out at the mall

Not everybody’s hot to turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning. Whether you’re going to be mashing potatoes in the kitchen, trapped in a car or playing your part in the latest family drama, you should be thankful that there are a growing number of post-Turkey Day workouts. So skip the malls on Black Friday and burn through calories instead of cash at these exercise events.

Full of Surprises: The folks at Urban Evolution (5402 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria; 571-215-8218) are keeping their lips sealed about what exactly awaits at Tryptophunk (5-10 p.m.), but participants can expect to face a doozy of an obstacle course. It’s $10, but members and active-duty law enforcement and military members; EMTs; firefighters; and emergency responders get in free. Memberships are 30 percent off for newbies who take part in the challenge.

Twist it Out: If you wake up the morning after feeling like you got stuffed as much as the turkey — and maybe soaked up more wine than the poached pears — you can drag yourself to Past Tense Studio (3253 Mt. Pleasant Ave. NW; 202-462-9642) for a Yoga Chaser at 10 a.m. The 75-minute class ($15) promises to help you wring out and detox.

To Be Continued: Every Friday in November, Balance Gym (1111 14th St. NW) has been hosting a free boot camp for customers of Lululemon’s Logan location. They’re not the types to slack off just because it’s the day after a holiday. So it’s back to business — and burpees — at 5:45 p.m. E-mail logancircle-store@lululemon.com to sign up.

Can’t Catch Me: It’s good to be young at heart. But to join the inaugural Gingerbread Man Mile, you have to really be young. The event, which starts at 8 a.m. at 11900 Market St. at Reston Town Center in Reston, Va., is divided into multiple heats for different age groups, starting with tots (who go only two blocks) and then on up to high schoolers. After everyone’s reached the finish line — where gingerbread cookies will await, of course — the winners are invited to be in a holiday parade. It’s free to run, but donations are requested for Neediest Kids.

Vicky Hallett is a MisFits columnist and the Fit editor for Express.

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