For those who plan to work off their Thanksgiving meal by walking at a mall, fitness directors at the Jewish Community Center believe they offer a better option for Black Friday than shopping.

For those who plan to work off their Thanksgiving meal by walking at a mall, fitness directors at the Jewish Community Center believe they offer a better option for Black Friday than shopping.

JCC fitness directors Beth McCullough and Brian Saunders will lead the first "Turkey Burn," a free workout designed to burn some of the calories that JCC members consumed the day before.

"We thought it would be a fun way to get people in exercising instead of shopping the day after Thanksgiving," said McCullough, the fitness program director at the JCC.

According to the American Council on Exercise, Americans take in about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving between drinking, snacking and eating the meal.

The council says that a 160-pound person would have to run for four hours, swim for five hours or walk for 30 miles to burn off a 3,000-calorie Thanksgiving meal.

McCullough said she and other JCC staff members hope to make a dent in this through the Turkey Burn workout, which will be held in the JCC gymnasium from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Friday.

The workout will be designed for all age groups and allow for different levels of intensity, McCullough said.

"Obviously, modifications can be made for low impact and high impact people," she said.

The class will feature multiple instructors at different stations to keep members engaged and moving.

"There are going to be more functional-type of fitness exercises," McCullough said. "It is going to be more involving the weight of a person's own body."

She said there will be a few exercises with light hand weights.

McCullough said the class is open to all JCC members age 15 and up and people do not need to pre-register for the workout session, though the JCC offered an incentive to estimate how many people would attend.

"We had a little bonus," she said. "Anyone who registered by Friday, Nov. 14, gets a free, 15-minute massage afterwards."

She said last week that about 12 people had signed up, and she hopes many more will show up to work off the turkey and the trimmings.

"What we are hoping to do is get a few more of our members up and moving," McCullough said

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