Burning off Christmas Calories

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Christmas – a time for giving, sharing – and eating! In fact, the average person consumes a staggering 6,000 calories on Christmas Day –that’s about three times the recommended daily allowance. Do you know how far you would have to walk in miles to burn off that many calories?

Here are some other ways to burn off those extra calories:

  • Put on your dancing shoes. Listening to Christmas music is already a tradition for many families. Make dancing to the music part of a new tradition. Thirty minutes of dancing can burn 165 calories.
  • Play video games with the kids. Quickly turn an evening at home into a living room workout by gathering the family and flipping on the Wii. Play games that use both upper- and lower-body muscles at the same time such as bowling, boxing or tennis. You can burn up to 125 every 15 minutes.
  • Clean up after guests. When your in-laws, cousins and rambunctious kids wreak havoc on your home, turn tidying up later into a workout of its own. Set a timer for one hour and see how much laundry, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, scrubbing and dusting you can accomplish. You’ll burn between 260 and 310 calories.
  • Shop for after-Christmas sales. Don’t want to hit the exercise machine? Then go out and shop! Shopping can burn 200 calories per hour.
  • Take down the tree. This will burn 85 to 100 calories in 30 minutes. Get out the ladder and take down your outdoor lights and you’ll burn another 125 calories per hour. Take all the decorations back up to the attic and zap 90 calories in 10 minutes.
  • Winterize your yard. Get some fresh air and torch calories when you turn yard work into a 1-hour workout. Rake leaves for 15 minutes and burn 80 to 95 calories. Spend 15 minutes bagging them and blast through another 80 calories. Stack firewood for 15 minutes and you’ll zap up to 110 calories. Finally, clean out the rain gutters and torch another 95 to 110 calories in 15 minutes.

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