Get a Handle on Thanksgiving’s Calorie Overload! PlyoJam’s Jason Layden Says Dance It Off!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you are contributing to the Thanksgiving dinner, maybe you are eating as you cook. Realizing that people tend to go calorie crazy when making up the traditional Thanksgiving dinner elements, it’s important to see what you can do to mitigate the intake of those calories. While one can cut down the intake or substitute lower-calorie ingredients into recipes, those dishes often taste different because of the substitutions. So what does one do to throttle back the calorie intake on Thanksgiving without feeling deprived? One recommendation is that this is only one meal and you can have reasonable portions of anything and everything. That doesn’t mean you keep eating like it’s Thanksgiving for several days. Thanksgiving is just one meal out of 21 meals in a week.

However there is more that can be done. Take a look at the guest blog from Jason Layden, fitness pro and founder of PlyoJam! He’s got great ideas on how to burn off some of those calories with his new higher impact workout that is based here in Los Angeles!

Dance Off the Extra Holiday Calories


It’s that time of year when calories start adding up quicker then you can burn them off. It’s personally my favorite time of year because food is so much more delicious. Restaurants put out special seasonal menus, happy hour becomes an every other day destination to catch up with friends, and Starbucks offers their pumpkin flavored everything. With all of this deliciousness coming at you, resistance is futile, and it becomes that much more important to work off the extra calories. My solution is always to dance it off!


As a Dance Fitness Expert, I’ve found for many people, finding a workout they enjoy is the best motivation to keep up with fitness. With the birth of Zumba in the 90’s and Shaun T’s Hip-hop abs, women especially have gravitated toward cardio dance. However, dance workouts tend to be low impact and more moderate. I am a firm believer something is better than nothing, but sadly cardio dance will only maintain your weight. Many people are okay with this. And for good reason: it’s easy and doesn’t require much time. But I believe, if you’re going to make the time to work out, then make it count.


Rather than hiding behind your sweaters and oversized coats, which I might add isn’t always doable in Southern California, push yourself a little harder in your dance class. For years, I’ve taught the conventional cardio dance class, but often had women beg me to make the workout harder. Not harder choreography, but moves that were more physically challenging. It was then that I decided to combine plyometrics with dance. I noticed people were losing crazy amounts of weight doing these jump-training exercises in workouts like P90x and Insanity. I say, why not try to make it fun?


I did just that! I found people are burning twice the amount of calories in a PlyoJam® class. Rather than taking back-to-back dance classes to burn 600 calories, or running on a treadmill just to burn 500 calories, many people burn just as many calories if not more in my dance class. There is something to be said about the effort it takes to get two feet off the ground. I believe this is what makes my classes deliver the burn. That said, this holiday season, find something that you enjoy that will in turn elevate the amount of calories you need to burn to feel good. And to help you counter all the goodies you plan to eat this holiday season!

Jason Layden
Dance Fitness Expert
Creator & Founder of PlyoJam


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Thanks to Jason Layden for this great post on how to burn off a serious amount of calories in a very short period of time via PLYOJAM!!

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