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November 24, 2010

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.

Posted by Leeann Adams at 6:00 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Nutrition


Walking (very brisk) 9 hours

Does the mall count?

That's my favorite kind of exercise - Leeann

'thanksgiving buzzkill alert' should be the headline

What about yoga?

-- I totally forgot about yoga. Sorry! I'm right in the middle of cooking my calorie-laden dinner or I'd look it up.
-- Leeann

I only ate one plate of food because of your blog. Thanks a lot, you really ruin my Thanksgiving. I was looking forward to adding 3-6 pounds this week.

Kevin, you could have had more than one plate, but you would have had to run a marathon to compensate.

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Andrea Siegel, a reporter at The Baltimore Sun, covers mostly crime and courts in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, as well as legal issues. She wishes she was more physically fit, and, as she's more fond of chocolate than exercise, fitness is a challenge. Her partner on a one-mile-plus daily walk is the family dog, a mixed breed named Moxie, and she exercises at the gym where the D.C. snipers once worked out.
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Leeann Adams, a multimedia editor at The Baltimore Sun, also dabbles in content for the mobile website and iPhone app and covers the Ravens via video. She did a triathlon to celebrate her 40th birthday and continues to swim, bike and run -- none of them quickly, though. Her biggest fitness challenge is to balance working, working out, spending time with her husband and being a mom to a 6-year-old boy.
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Anica Butler, the Sun's crime editor, is a former high school runner and recovering vegetarian who spent more of her early-adult years on a bar stool than working out. She is currently training (though poorly) for a half marathon and is trying to live a generally healthier lifestyle. She also hates the gym.
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