Happy Thanksgiving!! I’ve been prepping all week for today, as I’m sure you have as well. But it’s finally here and we all get to spend time with our families and gorge on a lot of great food! Exactly a week ago today I shared with you some Healthy Thanksgiving Food recipes that I hope you tried to use. But if you didn’t you don’t have to really concern yourself with how much you are eating. As long as you are eating smart, you can easily burn off those thanksgiving calories.

The Calorie Control Council estimates the typical holiday meal potentially packs 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat that can stick around and haunt overeaters. One of the best ways to avoid caloric overload is to carefully plan out the meal in the days before the holiday.

To give you a better idea of how many calories you may be consuming and how to burn them off, I have put together a list of the calorie counts of one serving of some of the most popular Thanksgiving foods, as well as household activities that could help work off at least some of the meal.

Tips To Burn Off Thanksgiving Calories:

  • 4 ounces of turkey (dark meat): 323 calories. What will burn this off? Rake leaves for 45 minutes
  • 1/2 cup of stuffing: 190 calories. To burn this off, carry Black Friday shopping bags around for 30 minutes.
  • 1/4 cup of jellied cranberry sauce. Twenty-five minutes of mopping can help work this portion of the meal off.
  • A slice of pumpkin pie: 316 calories. Spend 80 minutes watering outdoor plants (if it’s not too cold or wet) to say goodbye to the pie calories.
  • A dinner roll: 82 calories. Vacuuming for 30 minutes will burn off that many calories.
  • A cup of mashed potatoes: 162 calories. A 22-minute game of friendly football will burn off 158 of these calories.

Another thing to consider is that it takes one mile of slow running or a brisk walk to burn off 100 calories.

There are also other tricks you can try like cutting your slice of pumpkin pie right down the middle and avoid the whipped cream on top, or instead of eating the dark turkey meat, go for the white meat.

Opting for the white meat instead of dark will trim about 100 calories off your meal.

We all know the rush of the holidays sometimes runs into the time you devote to training or exercise. But don’t worry there are some simple things you can do whether you’re making a large meal, out shopping or catching up on chores to help burn calories. The key is always to keep moving!

When you go shopping, for example, walk up the escalator instead of taking elevators or park far away. These are good ways to keep moving, even just taking the stairs for a total of just two minutes, five days a week, gives you the same calorie-burning results as a 20-minute walk. Even a quick trip to the mailbox can turn into a mini-exercise session! On the way to and from the mailbox, do one lap around your house or building, or up and down a flight of stairs.

If you are travelling over the holidays burning off those thanksgiving calories I recommend a hotel room routine consisting of jumping rope for 5 minutes, 15 push-ups and 30 sit-ups, then repeating that sequence 5 times.
Remember the holiday season only comes once a year, so feel free to enjoy all the great foods we get to indulge in! By trying a few of these suggestions you will have no problem at all burning off those thanksgiving calories.

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