Did you know the average American will consume 3,000-4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day? That’s according to the Calorie Control Council, a group which advocates for healthy lifestyles.
Now, we’re not suggesting anyone try to abstain from turkey, stuffing and your favorite pie. But if you’re trying to measure the pleasure against your hard-won exercise gains, here’s a handy guide to learn how much yumminess you’ve earned — or how hard you’ll have to work after the big meal. (Estimates are based on media sources*, USDA figures, and exercise for an adult weighing 160 to 180 pounds.)
A la carte
- 3.5 ounces of turkey: Run 1.5 miles
- ½ cup stuffing: 20 minutes biking
- A cup of mashed potatoes: Run 2 ½ miles
- A slice of apple pie: 34 minutes biking
- A helping of cranberry sauce: 13 minutes of weight training
- A serving of green-bean casserole: 10 minutes of rowing
By the plate
4 ounces of skinless white turkey, plus a combined cup of stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy tallies up almost 600 calories. Estimated effort to burn that off: 70 minutes of Cardio workout.
Don’t forget that pumpkin pie and whipped cream add on another 325 calories – which will get you 40 minute of aerobics.
Of course, everyone’s body is different as well as different priorities when celebrating with family and friends. It’s up to you to decide how much of this is worth how much of that.
No matter what your eating priorities, be sure to move your body on the holiday. Take a walk, rake the leaves, play with the kids, or do a full-blown workout if you like. Just keep moving!
Questions about how to navigate your holiday eating? Call or stop in to see how our personal trainers can get you on track to 100% fitness—faster!