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If you eat too much Thursday and want to spend at least one day in the gym working off the turkey, stuffing and dessert, Gold’s Gym will open the doors to its gyms across the country Friday — for free.

“This is a really fun way to get Americans thinking about their own wellness on Thanksgiving Day weekend, typically a precursor to a winter slump in people’s fitness routines,” said Jennifer Adams, executive vice president of Jacksonville area Gold’s Gyms. “From cardio workouts and core training to yoga and Pilates classes, Gold’s Gym looks forward to adding a dash of fitness to the Thanksgiving Day weekend activities. We hope this gives people a chance to sweat out a little bit of that holiday indulging.”

Locally, there are two Gold’s Gyms: Downtown on North Laura Street and in Baymeadows on Baymeadows Road. Participating Gold’s Gyms across the country are opening their doors to anyone seeking to burn off that extra helping of mashed potatoes or stuffing in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Between snacks and meals on Thanksgiving Day, Americans typically eat more than 3,000 calories, meaning it will take more than walking the malls on Black Friday to burn off the extra calories and pounds. According to Gold’s Gym nutritionists, a 150-pound person burns approximately 325 calories in 90 minutes of shopping.

For those who can’t make it down to the gym, Gold’s Gym is offering free tips to consumers on “How to exercise at home” and “How to stay motivated during the holidays” on its Web site at



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