How To Burn Christmas Calories

We’re all guilty of over-indulging during the silly season thanks to sugar-laden Christmas treats, hearty roasts with all the trimmings and a holiday hammock with your name written all over it.

The average Christmas dinner will cost you around 1500 calories – that’s more than some people’s entire daily intake in a single meal!

Luckily, there is one proven formula for a guilt-free Christmas. Exercise!

Studies have shown that if you consume significantly more calories than you burn off this Christmas, a short daily bout of exercise will stave off most of the negative effects of over-eating and inactivity.

We break down some of the naughty-but-oh-so-nice Christmas snacks and just how much exercise you’ll need to do to burn it off.

FOODEXERCISE
Christmas pudding (50g) = 140 caloriesCross-trainer for 24 minutes at a moderate intensity 
Mince pies (one pie) = 200 caloriesRower for 30 minutes doing 30 second sprints, followed by 30 seconds rest 
Egg nog (250ml) = 180 caloriesBrisk walk on the treadmill for 45 minutes 
Rum balls (one ball) = 65-100 calories Skip for 7-10 minutes 
Gingerbread man (small) = 45 caloriesStar jumps for 5 minutes 
Roast lamb (100g) = 199 calories  Kettlebell swings for 10 minutes 
Roast turkey (100g) = 101 calories Fast-paced jog on the treadmill for 10 minutes 
Cranberry sauce (100g) = 151 calories 40 minutes of yoga 
Potato salad (250g) = 358 calories Stand up paddle boarding for 45 minutes
Pavlova (120g) = 272 calories40 minutes swimming 
Stuffing (1 cup) = 356 calories 40 minutes of boxing 
Candy canes (1 medium) = 56 calories Burpees non-stop for 3 minutes 

 

Author: Good Life Health Clubs (North Adelaide), Kasey Morely

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