How Much Exercise Does It Take to Burn Off Your Favorite Holiday Dishes?

Feel better about holiday snack-age by working it off with these exercises
Mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes

Honey Glazed Ham

Honey Glazed Ham
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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

3 Pigs in Blankets
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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

Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
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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. 

Cornbread Stuffing

Cornbread Stuffing
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A heaping scoop of stuffing has around 358 calories, says Cassetta, which will melt off during one 45-minute spin class. 

Dinner Roll

Dinner Roll
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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

Cheese and Crackers
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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. 

Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake
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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. 

Pumpkin pie

 Pumpkin pie
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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. 

Turkey

Turkey
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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. 

Candy Cane

Candy Cane
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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.

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies
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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.