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November 21, 2016
How to Burn 1,500 Calories on Thanksgiving Without Even Trying
Turkey Day is almost here! You’ve probably heard a lot about how many calories we all put away on Thanksgiving, between the gravy-heaped potatoes and the pumpkin pie. And it’s true: Holiday dinners typically aren’t great for our waistlines. What they are perfect for, though, is spending quality time (and enjoying delicious food) with friends and family -- something that can’t be measured in numbers on a scale.
So instead of worrying about the calories you'll consume on Thursday, enjoy this list of all the ways you’ll burn them -- without even thinking about it. Staying active throughout the day (and keeping your overindulging to just one meal) will help you pack in Thanksgiving memories instead of packing on Thanksgiving pounds.
|Shopping for last-minute ingredients, 30 minutes||82 calories*|
|Raking leaves before guests arrive, 20 minutes||91 calories|
|Vacuuming and sweeping the house, 40 minutes||158 calories|
|Making the guest bed, 10 minutes||39 calories|
|Chopping, sautéing, cooking, and baking, 2 hours||473 calories|
|Laughing around the table, 10 minutes||12 calories|
|Getting into a heated (but civil!) political discussion, 20 minutes||42 calories|
|Clearing the table and doing the dishes, 30 minutes||118 calories|
|Playing tag or hide-and-seek with your kids or grandkids, 30 minutes||125 calories|
|Cheering on your football team, 60 minutes (come on, get into it!)||236 calories|
|Walking the dog, 30 minutes||107 calories|
|Building a fire after dinner, 10 minutes||30 calories|
*Estimates based on a 150-pound person.