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Ask Men's Fitness: Should I Run a "Turkey Trot" Before a Big Holiday Meal?

Our expert explains the reasons why you should do the fun run.

First off, if you’re really hung up on your family binge-fest, relax: Consuming 1,200 calories is a lot better for you if you’ve just burned 600 calories and jump-started your metabolism. Having said that, there’s another, healthier way to think about the whole thing. 

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“It’s all about attitude,” says Matt Fitzgerald, a fitness expert and best-selling author of 80/20 Running. “The guy who decides the turkey trot is worthwhile is likely to make similar good decisions throughout the year, like saying no to a tempting dessert, or doing a workout in the rain.” Trot on!

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