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BALANCING CALORIES AND ACTIVITY AROUND THE HOLIDAYS

11/17/16 1:14 PM

The holidays revolve around spending time with friends and family creating new memories and partaking in timeless traditions. Much of the holiday season involves time spent sharing a meal together. With all of the parties, get-togethers, and time socializing around the table, it is easy to get carried away while indulging in appetizers, home-cooked meals, and treats native to the season. Below is a list of creative ways to get up and start moving to burn off those extra holiday calories! (Calories burned based on a 150-pound, 65 year old female):

 

 

Food

Calories

Activity

Candy Cane

60

15 minutes shoveling

Fudge (1 inch piece)

90

20 minutes leaf raking

Sugar cookie

130

45 minutes piano playing

Turkey (100g)

190

30 minutes ice skating

Gingerbread Man

200

1 hour of walking the dog

Egg Nog (8oz)

223

1 hour of snowmobiling

Mashed Potatoes with Gravy

260

90 minutes of yoga

3 Cheese Cubes and 3 Crackers

267

30 minutes of line dancing

Pumpkin Pie

316

90 minutes bowling

Peppermint Mocha (12oz)

320

50 minutes of gardening

Cornbread Stuffing

358

30 minutes cross country skiing

 

Activity calorie calculations: https://www.healthstatus.com/perl/calculator.cgi

 

 

 

If you have more significant weight loss goals following the holiday season, a physical therapist can work with you to develop an appropriate exercise program for you. A PT will help you ensure that you are exercising at the appropriate frequency, duration, and intensity to achieve your weight loss or fitness goals. They will prescribe an individualized exercise program that takes into consideration any joint pain and/or chronic medical conditions that you may have. They will also ensure that you are performing the exercises with the right technique in order to achieve the maximum benefit from all your hard work!

 

 

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Written by Julie Berube, PT.

Julie is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist currently practicing as a Physical Therapist in our DeWitt location.

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