Holiday Treats and the Exercises That Will Burn Them Off

It’s that time of year again when there’s tasty food every which way you turn. Christmas cookies galore, seasonal lattes, and classic appetizers. This holiday, my goal is to be mindful. That means if I am craving a gingerbread man, I will allow myself to have a gingerbread man instead of distracting myself with other foods and then ending up having a gingerbread man anyways. Eating during the holidays can be overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to maintain your weight!

I have taken some popular holiday food and beverage and and calculated how much of a certain exercise it will take to burn it off. These calculations are all based off of one serving so- if you have 2 cinnamon rolls, thats actually 56 minutes of moderate jumping jacks and so on!

Remember, this blog post isn’t meant to scare you away from eating your favorite holiday classics, rather to put some perspective on how how much exercise it will take to burn it off. Don’t restrict yourself this holiday, just make smart decisions on how much of “the good stuff” you consume.


Holiday Treats Calorie Burn Showdown 

Candy Cane – 60 Calories = 11 Minutes of Push-Ups at a Moderate Pace

Gingerbread Man – 90 Calories = 11 Minutes of Moderate Spinning on a stationary bike
Egg Nog, 1 cup – 170 calories = 22 Minutes Rowing Machine at Moderate Pace
Apple Pie, 1 slice – 280 Calories = 48 Minutes of Walking at 4 MPH
Grande Starbucks Gingerbread Latte – 320 Calories = 32 Minutes Running at 6 MPH
Pigs in a Blanket (4) – 280 calories = 37 Minutes of Swimming at Moderate Pace
Cinnamon Roll – 145 Calories = 28 Minutes of Moderate Jumping Jacks

Stats based on an 150 pound female.
Source: Health Status

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