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Exercises for working off the Thanksgiving meal

thanksgivingA typical Thanksgiving meal can tally up anywhere from 2000 to a whopping 7000 calories. The American Council on Exercise estimates that the typical 160-pound exerciser would have to run at a moderate pace for four hours, swim for five hours or walk 30 miles to burn off the turkey dinner. If those are not your activities of choice, listed below are other activities and the estimated caloric expenditures per hour for a 160 pound man. Women and lighter men will burn fewer calories. Larger men will burn more.

  • running (10 minute mile) 704
  • shoveling snow 422
  • cross country skiing 563
  • hatha yoga 281
  • swimming 563
  • walking the dog 246
  • weight lifting 211
  • downhill skiing 422
  • cooking 176
  • unicycling 352

It is unclear how many readers will attempt to burn off mashed potatoes on a unicycle, but it is an interesting activity to include. Keep in mind that if you give it a try and it doesn’t go so well, walking on crutches burns 281 calories per hour.