Posted on December 15, 2016. Filed under: The Shrigley Hall Hotel, The Imperial Hotel Blackpool, Health and Fitness, The Billesley Manor Hotel
When you’re tucking into the turkey, mince pies and pudding over Christmas, have you ever wondered how much exercise you need to do to work off your festive feast? Many of us consume more calories than we think through food and drink on Christmas Day alone; back in 2012, BBC Good Food reported the figure to be around 6,000 on average.
According to Government guidelines, the recommended daily calorie intake for men is 2,500kcals, 2,000kcals for women and 1,800kcals for children. To help you avoid starting the New Year worrying about your waistline, we’ve taken a look at some favourite festive foods, and how much exercise it will actually take to burn off those extra calories…
The average Christmas meal contains around 1,450 calories. At just over 100 calories per slice, protein packed turkey is one of the healthiest, leanest meats. It’s low in fat and compared to chicken, has fewer calories. But when your Christmas dinner comes with all of the trimmings – like calorific roast potatoes, sausages wrapped in bacon, stuffing, roast parsnips and bread sauce – the calories soon start to add up. To cut down on calorie intake, avoid the bread sauce and pigs in blankets, swap roast potatoes for boiled potatoes and eat plenty of healthy vegetables like broccoli, carrots and sprouts.
Exercise tip: don’t spend the entire afternoon on the sofa watching TV. Go for a long walk to help work off the Christmas dinner. A 30-minute high intensity bike ride will burn around another 500 calories. Or cycle 40 miles and do it all in one go.
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies. They are as traditional as Christmas trees and tinsel. But this delicious all-butter pastry treat is full of fat, sugar and calories. On average, mince pies contain 290 calories per 100 grams – and that’s without anything extra, like cream. So if you’re going to indulge in this traditional treat, moderation is key. Don’t eat an entire box in one go and give the cream a miss too.
Exercise tip: you’ll need to do approximately 30 to 45 minutes of high intensity activity to burn off just one mince pie. Go for a 5k run or head to the swimming pool for a few laps. Aim for at least 30 minutes of backstroke – but make that breaststroke if you had cream.
Christmas pudding is the go-to dessert for millions of families on Christmas Day. But it’s extremely high in calories, at a whopping 330 per 100 grams – and that’s without custard or cream. Stick to a smaller portion and swap custard for a little bit of cream or brandy butter – but no more than a tablespoon.
Exercise tip: to burn off a single serving of Christmas pudding, you’ll need to do 45 minutes of fast swimming or a 60-minute spin class.
A little bit of exercise will help you to survive Christmas. Don’t use the festive season as an excuse to take a break.
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