Seasoned Thanksgiving Day diners know better than to dive right into the turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes. To avoid filling up fast at the dinner table, you must first prep your belly with a light serving of traditional Thanksgiving appetizers.
The same goes for your traditional Turkey Bowl football game.
Athletes know that they can't just roll out of bed, head to the field and expect to perform at their best after the opening kickoff. For peak Turkey Day performance, you must prepare your body with a proper dynamic warm-up—to elevate your heart rate and activate your muscles, helping you to run faster, jump higher and prevent injury.
Let's face it: with so much at stake at your annual game—bragging rights, primarily—you can't afford to start the game as cold as leftover turkey.
And let's not forget about the risk of injury involved in playing such a high-stakes game. Sure, there's not much you can do to avoid being bowled over by your buddy Big Andy, or getting drilled in the back of the head by an overthrown pass. You can, however, eliminate the risk of the dreaded hamstring or groin pull with the all-important dynamic warm-up.
Make sure your Thanksgiving is less hobble and more gobble by staying injury free during the big game. Get to the field a few minutes early and perform the following dynamic warm-up series:
Ultimate Turkey Bowl Warm-Up
- Knee Hugs
- Quad Stretch
- Butt Kicks
- High Knees
- Walking Lunges
- External Hip Rotation
- Lateral Lunge
- Reverse Jog
Reps/Distance: 1x25 yards each drill