November 26, 2005
Shoppers weren't the only people up at the crack of dawn. Last night's memories of turkey were abandoned by a lot of residents today as they hit the gym. The day after Thanksgiving has proven to be a good day for local gyms as well.
The list of Thanksgiving food went on and on for many there.
"Turkey, roasted potatoes, bread pudding, chocolate pecan pie, pumpkin pie and vegetables," said ACAC Member Juliet Rowland.
"I had turkey, stuffing, apple crisp, potatoes, corn, broccoli casserole. I had it all," said John Gallagher, another ACAC member.
Thanksgiving Day may have been about food, but for a lot of people the day after is all about the bikes, elliptical machines and treadmills.
"I'm going back to school and I've got a little chub, so I want to work it off," said Gallagher.
"I ate a lot, lot more sweets than I normally eat, so I have to counteract that with exercise," said ACAC Member Laurie Cooke.
The ACAC was pretty full and the gym had a full parking lot to prove it. ACAC employees said the rush of people came as no surprise.
"Thanksgiving is roughly our third busiest day because everyone wants to work off their meal of course," said ACAC Member Servicewoman Jenny Carbone.
But not everyone expected the gym to be as full as it was.
"I didn't want to come and work out in front of everybody, but apparently everyone's here working off the turkey too," said Gallagher.
While shopping centers were packed with people, Rowland said she chooses working out the day after Thanksgiving over catching the sales every time.
"It gives you your energy back and makes you feel good. Plus you don't feel guilty afterwards."
A lot of local gyms operated on their normal business hours schedule.