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7 Ways to Burn Calories on Thanksgiving Day

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7 Ways to Burn Calories on Thanksgiving Day

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

The average American will consume 3,000 calories and 229 grams of fat this Thanksgiving, as a result of a traditional Thanksgiving meal packed with calories. So how do you stave off seasonal weight gain? Well, I’ve never been a fan of gyms and if you know me, you know that food is by far my favorite hobby. In order to truly ensure that I don’t blow up during the holidays I’ve got to get my butt in gear. Let’s get down to the numbers. This is all based on a 130 pound individual. After these seven activities you’ll be well on your way to burning off the meal and you never even had to set foot in a gym.

1. Holiday Baking–2 Hours

I love baking for the holidays so this is no chore for me. Do your own baking so that you can control the ingredients and use mostly organic or local ingredients. (How about a Vegan Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake?) Don’t have gourmet baked goods flown in from who knows where when you could just make them yourself. If you’re baking at a moderate rate–standing, rolling out dough, kneading, etc.–you’ll burn as many calories as running nearly five miles in two hours of baking. Who knew? And you’ll have the extra bonus of a delicious smell wafting through your home.

Calories Burned: 471

2. Cleaning the House Before the Guests Arrive–2 hours

This is another built in workout that means you don’t have to waste energy going to a gym. What’s more, you can do things your way. That is using green cleaning supplies instead of toxic chemicals in your house. See our guide to cleaning green.

Calories Burned: 412

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10:56AM PST on Nov 7, 2012


11:01AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

balancing calories consumed with calories burned is a good reminder

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11:38PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

My friend emailed the link for your post , good reading, I will pass it along.i think this site has also some great information - Green Life

5:08AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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7:14AM PST on Dec 5, 2010

I'm sure frazzled mom burned a few calories watching her college babies legally drink wine with everyone.

12:33PM PST on Nov 25, 2010


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