As Thanksgiving approaches — and brings stress along with it — a faith-based fitness organization is bringing members of the community and students a chance to relax and prepare for the upcoming ‘food fest.’ Body and Soul Fitness will host a ‘Planksgiving’ on Oklahoma Christian University’s campus Monday, Nov. 21, at noon in the Payne Athletic Center.
“We are hoping the inspiring Christian music will help with holiday depression so often affecting people this time of year,” Regional Director of Body and Soul Ruth Dreyer said. “We know the workouts will help with overindulging that happens with the holiday season.”
Admission is free to the public, but participants are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate.
“The canned goods donations will help our host locations in providing for those who need food,” Dreyer said. “But we welcome everyone even if they forget or cannot bring a donation.”
Dreyer said each of the ‘Planksgiving’ events will be different than their usual yoga session and they encourage participants to try as many of the different events aspossible.
“Each of the workouts is 45-60 minutes in length and are different formats ranging from Cardio and Strength; Power, Strength and Flexibility; Dance Blast and Boot Camp,” Dreyer said. “What they all have in common is a portion of the workout nvolves planking and strengthening and trimming inches from the core and song lyrics with thankfulness for a limitless God.”
‘Planksgiving’ events are occurring in locations across the country, eight of which are in the Oklahoma City, OK, area. Oklahoma Christian’s event is followed by a final event at Edmond Christian Academy at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 26.
“What sets us apart from other fitness programs is that we care about both the body and soul of our participants,” Dreyer said. “We traditionally partner or merge our efforts with organizations who have similar interests. In this case, we are merging our efforts with our wonderful host churches and locations who are reaching out and providing care to our surrounding communities.”
In addition to the ‘Planksgiving’ workouts, Dreyer said Body and Soul will begin Christmas-themed classes.
“Christmas workouts to wonderful Christmas music start as early as Thanksgiving week for many classes,” Dreyer said. “If anyone needs some ‘Christmas spirit,’ we urge them to attend as our Christmas blessing to them.”