My family doesn’t hold many traditions, but there is one tradition that is unwavering. The event that, year after year, brings me right back to my childhood. Our party for The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I am a native New Yorker and grew up on the Upper West Side — right on the parade route. Like many other families who live along the parade route, hosting a parade party is a tradition near and dear to our hearts. In fact, there are people who have been in my life, for my entire life, but I only see them once a year, because they always come for our parade party.
While most people my age spend the night before Thanksgiving in their respective hometowns, partying it up with their childhood friends, celebrating their reunions, their own traditions, and the fact that most of them don’t have to wake up for work the next morning - I am home with my family getting ready to host our friends and family who will start showing up the next morning around 8am. While I am still amazed by the large scale balloons, the bands, and how Macy’s continues to convince Jimmy Fallon to ride on an oversized rolling turkey float through the freezing cold year after year - this is not what our Parade Party means to me anymore - it’s about being home.
In fact, this is what Thanksgiving is all about for me, and for so many of us - being home. This is one of the only holidays that all Americans - no matter what your religion or origin - celebrate. It is one of the only holidays where the focus is not about the presents, but about giving pure thanks for those around you, and for being home. (Well, that, and the best meal of the year…and football!)
Thus, I could not think of a more fitting week to share the Peloton workout with you. Peloton not only houses a beautiful spinning studio here in New York City, but sells its beautiful bikes for you to take home and LIVE STREAM into their classes at the studio. You are also able to take the same classes on-demand at your convenience, virtually ride through the hills of places like the Amalfi coast, and do it all in the comfort of your own living room.
The bike is amazingly (and beautifully) crafted with no chain - which makes it completely silent, so you could quite literally take a spin class DURING Thanksgiving dinner (not that I’m saying you SHOULD do that). You are able to listen to the instructor with your headphones on, and your turkey consuming family members would be none the wiser — except for the noise of you panting during one of several intense hill intervals. Nor would they realize that the reason you are pushing so hard is to try and rank on a leaderboard, made up of both people in the actual studio and people riding their own bikes at home from all over the world. Let’s be clear, I do not condone taking a spin class during a meal meant to spend with your family, I am just emphasizing that Peloton has now made this possible.
We are also excited to present an entire week of content all about getting healthy at home, including Peloton co-founder Tom Cortese on how their incredible in-home bike technology came to be, holistic nutritionist Eve Lynn Kessner on healthier Thanksgiving dishes, Flywheel instructor and mama Wendy Wolfson on why keeping her family active is her favorite holiday tradition, and Dr. Jeffrey Morrison on how to know whether to workout or stay home when you are sick.
Make sure to read what our incredible contributors have put together for you this week, and then share with us how you are #sweatingathome over Instagram! In the meantime, a very Happy Thanksgiving from myself and the entire Sweat Life team. We hope you enjoy the time at home with friends and/or family, and take a moment to give thanks for your life, your health, and for those around you (no matter how weird your uncle might be).
Until next week,
Founder, CEO, and Host
The Sweat Life