How to Burn 1,000 Holiday Calories

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain: How to Burn 1,000 Calories

With all the festive beverages, special dinners, and holiday treats, you're bound to overindulge over the holidays, but no need to hit the gym to prevent holiday weight gain. Here are some ways you can burn a total of 1,000 calories if you load your day with these everyday holiday activities.


Activity Time Calories Burned
Grocery shopping 30 min 70
Packing suitcase and loading car (if traveling) 20 min 52
Walking the dog 15 min 50
Brushing your teeth 2 min 5
Ironing the family's outfits 10 min 22
Calling friends and relatives to wish them "Happy Holidays" 10 min 10

Keep reading to find out how else you can work off that eggnog and gingerbread man cookie.


Activity Time Calories Burned
Sledding before lunch 30 min 198
Shoveling driveway using a snow blower before dinner guests arrive 30 min 122
Cleaning the house 45 min 162
Rearranging the furniture 10 min 65
Cooking dinner 30 min 78
Playing piano while the family sings along to Christmas carols 20 min 55
Washing the dishes 15 min 33
Mopping the floor 5 min 22
Playing hide-and-go-seek and other games with the kids 15 min 74

If you fit all that into your day, you'll burn 1,018 calories. Happy holidays!

*Calories burned calculations are based on a 130-pound woman

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