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Know How Much Exercise It Takes to Burn Off Thanksgiving Calories


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Thanksgiving Day means time with family, relaxation, reflection, and a substantial amount of calorie consumption. Being aware of how to burn off that extra energy isn’t easy. But we’ve got some handy information about popular Thanksgiving Day foods, and the amount of time you need to spend on specific cardio equipment to work it off.

Mashed potatoes with gravy and butter

Calories: 121 calories from turkey gravy and 237 calories per cup of homemade mashed potatoes (358 calories total).
Workout: You’ll need to jump on a Life Fitness PowerMill Climber or similar stair climber for 31 minutes at level 6 resistance – meaning about 1880 steps or 111 floors – to burn off the whole dish.
Food calorie source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

A full plate of Thanksgiving Day dinner

Calories: Roughly 2400.
Workout: You’ll need to spend 4.5 hours on an Elevation Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer at a level 8 (100 Watts) intensity level and 60 RPM.​
Food calorie source: Calorie Control Council

Apple pie with store-bought ice cream

Calories: 623
Workout: Hop on a Lifecycle GX or other similar stationary bike for 97 minutes at 70 Watts and 90 RPM before you burn off the whole dessert.
Food calorie source: Calorie Control Council

One serving of Brussel sprouts and one dinner roll with butter

Calories: 310 from the roll and 83 calories of Brussel sprouts (393 calories total).
Workout: Jog on a treadmill at a 4% incline and a speed of 4.5 miles per hour for 33 minutes to burn off the whole plate.
Food calorie source: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
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