How Much Exercise Does It Take to Burn Off Your Favorite Holiday Dishes?
Honey Glazed Ham
That generous serving of sweet, sweet ham has about 500 calories, according to Dr. Scott Weiss, board certified athletic trainer, exercise physiologist and co-founder of Bodhizone NYC, and will take you about 80 minutes of intense hiking to burn off.
3 Pigs in Blankets
Those pop-‘em-and-forget-about-it little appetizers have about 70 calories each, says Weiss, so you’ll need to jog for around 50 minutes to break even, calorie-wise.
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
According to clinical nutritionist and personal trainer Jennifer Cassetta, a serving of potatoes has around 260 calories, which you can sweat off during a 90-minute yoga class.
A heaping scoop of stuffing has around 358 calories, says Cassetta, which will melt off during one 45-minute spin class.
That ball of yummy, fluffy carbs has 78 calories (not counting butter), but according to Cassetta, you can burn it off by swimming laps for 15 minutes.
Cheese and Crackers
If you nibble on three Cheddar cheese cubes atop three crackers at your holiday party, you’ve probably eaten around 267 calories, according to Cassetta. But you can take care of those in just 30 minutes of circuit training.
If you actually manage to eat an entire piece of fruitcake, you'll have eaten 330 calories, but if you play just 35 minutes of touch football with your family, it'll be as if the fruitcake never happened, says Cassetta.
A slice of pumpkin pie has about 243 calories, according to Joshua Duvauchelle, certified personal trainer for the American Council on Exercise. Half an hour on the stair climber should burn those calories away.
About 100 grams of white meat turkey has just shy of 190 calories, says Duvauchelle. He recommends half an hour of ice skating to burn your turkey calories and then some.
If you happen to eat one of those candy canes trimming the tree, it’ll be around 60 calories. If you shovel the driveway afterward for about 15 minutes, according to Duvauchelle, you should be good to go.
These little devils may look cute, but they’re a calorie bomb, says Duvauchelle. Just two cookies will pack in nearly 350 calories. To combat the gingerbread men, he recommends strapping on your snowshoes and hiking for around 40 minutes.