Celebrity Chef G. Garvin And Anytime Fitness Recommend Burning The Turkey This Thanksgiving

#BurnTheTurkey encourages people to burn a few calories on Turkey Day via fun exercise improv to benefit families through Feeding America.

HASTINGS, Minn. - Nov. 12, 2015 // PRNewswire // - While acclaimed Food Network Chef G. Garvin doesn't actually recommend burning the turkey to a crisp this Thanksgiving, he does recommend burning the turkey calories. His new, tongue-in-cheek #BurnTheTurkey Recipe Collection in partnership with Anytime Fitness will show you how, featuring exercise "recipes" like The Cranberry Bicep Curl, The Gravy Pour and Couch Plank-Outs.

According to the Calorie Control Council and the American Council on Exercise, the average American consumes 3,000 to 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat during a typical Thanksgiving gathering. As a result, Anytime Fitness and Chef Garvin have teamed up to help Americans work off some of those butter-laden mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie through tips and a video showcasing a series of fun exercise improvisations.

Anytime Fitness invites people to share their own #BurnTheTurkey ideas from Nov. 12 to Nov. 30 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For each original photo or video submitted using the hashtag #BurnTheTurkey, Anytime Fitness will donate one meal to Feeding America® to help families in need this holiday season, up to 275,000 meals (equivalent to $25,000).

The New #BurnTheTurkey Recipe Collection

"Thanksgiving is such a great time of the year with so many delicious foods to enjoy, but sometimes, we enjoy them a little too much," said Chef Garvin. "That's why I'm partnering with Anytime Fitness to unveil our #BurnTheTurkey Recipe Collection. We've created some 'exercise recipes' that include simple 'ingredients' you can find at home."

  • The Cranberry Curl: Work those biceps by doing curls with cans of cranberry sauce. No sugar needed.
  • The Gravy Pour: Bend your body to form a handle and a spout. Hold. Rest. Repeat.
  • The Whip: Kick it into high gear while hand-whipping your favorites like stuffing and mashed potatoes. People will enjoy watching you whip.
  • Small Talk Wall Sits: Stuck talking with your overly enthusiastic aunt? Pass the time by doing wall sits and listening intently to every word she says.
  • Couch Plank-Outs: You don't even need to get off the couch for this one, or take your eyes off the football game. Score bragging rights by planking during each timeout.
  • Lunging Around: Show your guests how important they are by lunging toward them as you deliver a tray of drinks and desserts. Everyone will think this is completely normal, and your quads will thank you.

"Anytime Fitness is focused on helping people get to a healthier place, well before they start making New Year's resolutions," says Stacy Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer at Anytime Fitness. "We created the #BurnTheTurkey campaign to let people know it's okay to indulge during Thanksgiving, while encouraging them to look for fun ways to burn some of those turkey calories."

About Anytime Fitness

Ranked No. 1 on Entrepreneur's prestigious Franchise 500® list, Anytime Fitness is the fastest-growing gym franchise in the world, with 3,000 gyms serving nearly 3,000,000 members on five continents. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing its members with convenient fitness options and friendly, personal service in well-maintained facilities which feature top-quality exercise equipment. Gyms are now open in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland, Grand Cayman, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Qatar, India, Chile, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Belgium and the Philippines. All franchised gyms are individually owned and operated. Join one gym and use them all.

About Chef G. Garvin

G. Garvin is a celebrity chef, author and entrepreneur celebrating success in every avenue. He has hosted his own shows, including "Turn Up The Heat with G. Garvin" (TV One) and "Roadtrip" (Cooking Channel), and appeared as a guest and judge on Food Network's "Guy's Grocery Games," "The Housewives of Atlanta," "The Talk," "Good Morning America," and "The Tonight Show," among others. He has three acclaimed cookbooks in print, a gourmet line of foods and spices available at Marketplaceonline.co and is a partner of LowCountry Restaurants, which serve some of his signature dishes. His spare time is devoted to his non-profit the G. Garvin Foundation, which is dedicated to stopping hunger, homelessness, child obesity and domestic violence in America. G. lives in Atlanta with his wife and child. Go to www.chefgarvin.com or www.ggarvinfoundation.org for more information.

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