Christmas is synonymous with hearty eating and indulgence, but the extent of our excesses can be shocking.
The average person will consume 6,000 calories on Christmas day – around three times your recommended daily intake – and gorging usually continues until the New Year.
Thankfully, we’ve put together a simple festive guide to help you burn your Christmas Calories before you commit to any drastic New Year’s resolutions. Stave off the post-Christmas guilt and see how you can have a healthier Christmas without losing any of the flavour.
Prawn cocktail starter (200kal)* = 1 hour of shopping
The great thing about loading up your trolley is that you’ll burn off 100 calories every half an hour just by pushing it around the supermarket. So, get racing around the aisles and earn your prawn cocktail starter. Burn off a further 80 calories per hour by hitting the high street for non-grocery shopping.
5 pigs in blankets (400kcal) = 90 mins of post-dinner walking
Sadly, these Christmas wonders are full of saturated fat, salt and calories. But, if you must have your pigs in blankets, heave yourself off the sofa and take a brisk walk for 90 minutes to burn off 410 calories.
Mince Pie (360kcal) = 3 hours of present wrapping
Yes, one of these tasty treats comes at a 360kcal price. But the gift of giving can help us undo the worst mince pies can throw at us – present wrapping burns 120 calories per hour, so blast through your gifts in one intense sitting. It’s also a great excuse for leaving all of your wrapping to the last minute.
Chocolate orange (230kcal) = 45 mins of rocking around the Christmas tree
Over-indulged on the chocolate treats? Bust your best moves to the cheesiest Christmas tracks for just 45 minutes and burn off 195 calories. Goodbye chocolate orange!
1 bottle of Champagne (500kcal) = 1 Christmas Day swim
We really hope you don’t drink a whole bottle of Champagne to yourself this Christmas. However, the calories from alcohol soon add up and 3-4 glasses can cost you 500kcal. Try taking a refreshing Christmas dip for an hour to burn off your booze (obviously, not right after drinking…). If you can muster a 6 mph pace, you can achieve the same with an hour’s jog.
*Note that these figures are estimates for the average 70kg woman, and that the calories in each treat can vary according to manufacturers.
Extra tip: Where possible, try and make your own versions of Christmas staples, such as cranberry sauce or mince pies. You’ll boost festive fun, extend your skill set, and control the amount of sugar and salt in your food all at the same time!