How long do you have to be on the treadmill to burn off Thanksgiving dinner?
Last weekend I went to my Saturday morning spin class. Our instructor, Sandy, worked us particularly hard and there was a lot of huffing and puffing and a bit of whining. She said she was trying to build a calorie deficit for us in anticipation of Thursday, perhaps the biggest eating day of the year. It got me thinking, how many calories do I need to compensate for if I eat a typical Thanksgiving meal? Let’s assume the average Turkey Day dinner is about 3,000 calories. Here’s how long you will need to exercise to burn off those calories:
Aerobics (high impact) 6 hours, 20 minutes
Biking (moderate, 12-14 mph) 5 hours, 30 minutes
Cleaning 15 hours
Football 5 hours, 30 minutes
Running (10 min. miles) 4 hours, 30 minutes
Swimming (75 yards/minute) 4 hours
Tae kwon do 4 hours, 25 minutes
Tennis 6 hours, 20 minutes
Walking (very brisk) 9 hours
Weight lifting (vigorous) 7 hours, 20 minutes
Yardwork, raking 12 hours
* Calculated for a person weighing 150 pounds. Based on WebMD’s Fit-o-Meter Exercise Calorie Calculator.