Did you eat too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are some insights on how to burn off those excess calories. Photo: istockphoto.com
Did you eat too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are some insights on how to burn off those excess calories. Photo: istockphoto.com

Here’s a quick overview on how to burn off all of the extra calories you might be consuming during the holiday season.

Turkey

180 calories per serving (white meat)
323 calories per serving (dark meat)

Workout: 3-mile tempo run. Whether you go light or dark on the turkey this Thanksgiving, a 3-mile tempo run at your goal half marathon pace will burn rough 300-350 calories. Warm-up and cool down with an easy mile or two and don’t feel guilty about your choice of meat.

Stuffing

190 calories per serving

Workout: 400-meter intervals. Eight one-lap repetitions of the track at your 5K pace with 60 seconds recovery between each will burn right around 200 calories. Add a couple miles of warm-up and cool-down to justify a second serving. 

Mashed potatoes

190 calories per serving

Workout: 30-minute spin. A half-hour on the spin bike at a moderately intense aerobic effort will burn 200–300 calories and help give your legs a break from pounding the pavement. 

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Gravy:  50 calories per serving

Workout: Lunges. A great warm-up for any run, perform 5 minutes of lunges with both legs—forward, backward and to each side—before heading out the door.

Cranberry sauce

 110 calories per serving

Workout: Pushups and sit-ups. Burn off that gravy and improve your core strength with three sets of 10 pushups followed by three sets of 20 sit-ups. Take 60 seconds recovery between each set.

Pumpkin pie 

316 calories per serving

Workout: Easy Run. How long you go is up to you, but 4 or more miles at a comfortable pace will burn off a slice of pie. Did you eat a second slice? Run a little longer!

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