How to Have Fun Burning Off Thanksgiving Calories

Driving bike in autumn in a foggy morningThanksgiving has come and gone, leaving so many of us feeling slightly heavier than we were a week ago. The average American takes in anywhere between 3,000 and 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day alone. Not even taking leftovers into account, that’s double the recommended daily caloric intake. You will never hear us say that you should have eaten any less on such a glorious holiday, but now that it’s all over, we need to start working to balance the scales. Here are some fun ways to burn off calories from each of the delicious things you ate.

  • 6 oz. of turkey (about the same size as two decks of cards)
    • 300 calories – 30 minutes of touch football with the family
  • 6 oz. of ham
    • 270 calories – Dance for 45 minutes
  • ½ cup of stuffing
    • 180 calories – Go for a 40 minute walk around the neighborhood
  • ½ cup of mashed potatoes
    • 150 calories – Bowling for 45 minutes ought to do it
  • ½ cup of green bean casserole
    • 120 calories – Do some Yoga/stretching for 30 minutes
  • ½ cup of sweet potato casserole
    • 200 calories – 1 hour of enthused ping-pong
  • ½ cup of gravy
  • 1 buttered roll
    • 200 calories – Spend an hour running around/playing with a dog
  • Slice of pumpkin pie
    • 250 calories – You can burn it off with 30 minutes of vigorous basketball
  • 1 cup of eggnog
    • 350 calories – Clean the house for an hour (okay, maybe it’s not fun, but it’ll feel good afterwards)
  • Glass of red wine (8 oz. wine glass)
    • 200 calories – Go Christmas shopping for an hour and a half



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