Between the stuffed turkey, the mashed potatoes and gravy, and the pumpkin pies during the holidays, it’s not surprising that we’ve consumed a couple thousand calories more than we should on a normal day.
With family and friends with us at the dining table, combined with non-stop chat and laughter, we tend to forget about healthy eating habits and often find these occasions as a good excuse to indulge on every delicious meal served before us.
While it’s easy to gobble ‘til we wobble, the challenging part is burning off those calories. Here’s my after Thanksgiving workout that will help you get rid of those extra calories:
1. Do some holiday shopping
For many, just merely walking is boring. If just walking around your neighborhood is not your thing, you can brave the crowds and traffic and head to the mall. You might as well find the best deals while burning off those excess calories!
While there are several factors as to how much calories you can burn when walking, such as your weight and distance, walking at a normal pace can burn 65 calories per mile for a 120-pound individual, according to About.com.
2. Walk up & down the stairs
If you’re not a gym goer but have stairs in your house, walking up and down them for 20 minutes is a great cardio workout.
According to Step Jockey, stair climbing requires about 9 times more energy than sitting and, in case you were tempted, burns 7 times more calories than if you take the elevator.
You could also carry some weights (like a can of soup or a bag of groceries) to even burn more calories.
3. Do some household chores
For many, doing household chores is probably the last thing that you’d want to do during the holidays. Some may have a choice not to do it, but others don’t. For those who have the luxury to say no to household work, instead of sitting on your couch and in front of the television for hours during your free time, find things you can do around the house.
You’d be surprised that a task as simple as making your bed can burn 68 calories in an hour and watering your plants can burn 102 calories in an hour, according to CalorieLab. Vacuuming for one hour can also burn approximately 200 calories.
If you’re normally doing a lot of chores around the house already, then you don’t have to go out of your routine.
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4. Get some sleep
Sleeping may not sound like a weight loss activity at all, but when we’re sleeping our metabolism actually works the most. An article from HealthStatus stated that an individual who weights 150 pounds will burn at least 95 calories per hour.
If you lack sleep or just need to add an extra 95-calorie dent to your daily total, take an hour-long nap during the day.
5. Do outdoor activities with family
If you have some family and friends over from out of town, head to the park and do some hiking or sports activities such as volleyball or football. Not only are these activities fun, but they’re also a full-body workout.
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6. Do some actual exercises
If you’d rather do real exercises, here are some that are sure to make you sweat:
Do 100 jumping jacks and you’ll burn about 200 calories.
CalorieLab stated that a 150-pound person can burn up to 408 calories per hour by jogging. That’s a huge dent in your daily calorie count, especially if you’ve consumed about 2,500 calories from your holiday meal.
A burpee is a full-body workout that can burn a large amount of calories. If you’ve never done a burpee, you might want to take it slow and combine it with the other cardio workouts mentioned above.