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5 Ways to Sneak in a Workout this Fall – November Blogging Challenge #2

Let’s face it.  The holidays suck when you’re trying to keep the pounds off.  The food, the parties, trying to fit the gym into the craziness… It’s a recipe for disaster.  So today, Lisa at She’s Losing It wanted to know what your 5 strategies for keeping the pounds off this holiday season are.  I was actually thinking about this topic today while raking my yard.  That was my workout for the day (I have the blister to prove it!), and I’m beat.  So here are 5 ways to get that little extra workout in during the holiday season.

5 Ways to Burn off the Holiday Binges

*calorie counts are for a 130 lb woman

1.  Raking leaves – 1 hour of raking burns about 250 calories.  When you have two maple trees and a birch in the front yard and two ash trees and a maple out back, plus your neighbors maples prefer your yard to their own, this comes out to about 1000 calories when all bagged and done.  If you have kids or a dog that like to play in the leaves, tack on an extra hour easy.  Or better yet, run through a few piles yourself and make some leaf angels!

2. Flag Football – Make a game of flag football a new family tradition this Thanksgiving.  An hour of playing burns off nearly 500 calories.  That’s enough to earn you a slice of pecan pie.  Mmmm….pie….

3.  Black Friday Shopping – No, browsing Amazon doesn’t count, but an hour carrying a 15 lb shopping bag will burn off 1/2 cup of the candied yams you had the day before (about 200 calories).  If you’re a die-hard like me, for 2 more hours, you can also walk off the stuffing and mashed potatoes.  Not bad.  For a little extra calorie burn bonus, 10 minutes spent wrestling for the last Leap Pad at Toys R Us will earn burn off an additional 60 calories.  Let the hair pulling ensue!

4.  Dancing – A few cocktails got you feeling like you could try out for the next season of So You Think You Can Dance?  Knock yourself out (figuratively) .  Half an hour burns about 150 calories or roughly two (3.5 oz) glasses of wine.  If you’re friends just happen to have a pole in their living room (who doesn’t?!?!?!), an hour of showing off those pole dancing class moves will burn off about 350 calories or a couple of margaritas.  Feliz Navidad!

5.  Holiday 5k/8k/10k –  Runner or walker, you can usually find a holiday race nearby.  Not only are you starting off your holiday by getting out and burning off those calories before gorging yourself silly, but many of these races will give their profits to a good cause.  For those of you in the Twin Cities, Hastings Family Services will be hosting their 15th Annual Gobble Gait.  One of the Twin Cities’ largest Thanksgiving Races, all proceeds including food drive items go to support families in need.  This year’s participants can burn off a whopping 500 calories by running or walking the 8k.  A local 5k will burn off about 300 calories, while a 10k will burn off 600+!

One response

  1. Great tips! I think I will combine the pole dancing with a local turkey run. (That looks just as weird in print as saying it aloud.)


    2012/11/06 at 10:11 am

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