HOW TO WORK OFF THOSE THANKSGIVING TREATS

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Thanksgiving is almost here. Turkey and stuffing and gravy, oh my! But these tasty Thanksgiving treats are often high in calories. And that can leave you a few pounds heavier after the holidays. Looking to avoid that weight gain this year? You’ll want to work off those extra calories you consume.

Below is a list of popular Thanksgiving dishes and a rough calorie count for each.

Along with each dish is a sample activity and suggested length of time, which will give you an idea of how long it would take to work off the calories in each dish.

1 Cup of Hot Chocolate and 1 Sugar Cookie

Hot Chocolate: 124 calories/serving

Sugar Cookie: 125 calories/serving

Shoveling Snow: 35 minutes

 

Cornbread Stuffing

Cornbread Stuffing: 385 calories/serving Zumba®: 40 minutes

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole: 104 calories/serving Yoga: 20 minutes

Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, and Gravy

Roast Turkey: 178 calories/serving

Mashed Potatoes: 129 calories/serving

Gravy: 58 calories/serving

Stationary Biking: 45 minutes

 

Apple Crisp with a Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream

Apple Crisp: 303 calories/serving

Vanilla Ice Cream: 143 calories/serving

Hiking: 1 hour

 

Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy your Thanksgiving meal. It’s good to indulge now and then, and Thanksgiving is a perfect time to do so. Nor does it mean you should run out right after you’re done eating to try and work it off.

But you may want to find ways to be more active this Thanksgiving. You could do a fun run, often known as a turkey trot, Thanksgiving morning. Play some football with friends and family instead of just watching football on TV. Or go for a stroll after eating. If there’s snow, lace up your boots or grab your snowshoes!

And you can look for ways to be active after Thanksgiving as well. A little bit of extra exercise over the next few weeks can help offset any extra calories from your Thanksgiving feast. And that can help you avoid holiday weight gain.