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.
|Christmas pudding (50g) = 140 calories||Cross-trainer for 24 minutes at a moderate intensity|
|Mince pies (one pie) = 200 calories||Rower for 30 minutes doing 30 second sprints, followed by 30 seconds rest|
|Egg nog (250ml) = 180 calories||Brisk walk on the treadmill for 45 minutes|
|Rum balls (one ball) = 65-100 calories||Skip for 7-10 minutes|
|Gingerbread man (small) = 45 calories||Star 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 calories||40 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