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7 Ways to Burn Calories on Thanksgiving Day

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3. Composting All Your Thanksgiving Waste–30 minutes

Twenty-three percent of the waste that we generate in this country could be composted and considering how much food waste occurs during the holidays, composting is a given. If you spend 30 minutes at different points in the day composting, you’ll burn calories.

Calories Burned: 148

4. Picking Produce From the Garden for the Big Meal–30 minutes

The best way to keep it local is to get it out of your garden. Make whatever is growing in your fall garden a part of your holiday feast. From root vegetables, to cabbage, and squash being flexible with your menu means keeping it local. And gardening is a great way to stay slim and trim.

Calories Burned: 89

5. Raking the Lawn Before the Guests Arrive–2 hours

Skip the leaf blower this year because raking is much better for the environment. Gas powered leaf blowers use fossil fuels, add to the laundry list of unnecessary lawn equipment that contributes to your overall consumption, and cause noise pollution. Once you’re done raking, don’t burn your leaves because burning creates a lot of smoke, especially when leaves are damp, and releases particulate matter and toxic compounds. Instead turn your leaves into mulch or compost your leaves.

Calories Burned: 507

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11:01AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

balancing calories consumed with calories burned is a good reminder

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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.

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