Burning off that holiday meal, one calorie at a time

By Lindsey Woodkey, CPT

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No, you cannot make up for poor eating habits with extra gym time. You can however negate some of those calories. To put it in perspective and possibly prompt you to make the wiser food choices on Thanksgiving, I’m going to show you just how long you have to work out to burn those extra calories:


  • Turkey with skin (3 oz): 156 cals—44 minutes of walking
  • Mashed Potatoes (1/2 cup): 119 calories—34 minutes walking
  • Gravy (3 tbsp): 54 calories—15 minutes walking
  • Stuffing (1/2 cup): 214 calories—61 minutes walking
  • Green Bean Casserole (1/2 cup): 96 calories—27 minutes walking
  • Candied Yams (1/2 cup): 165 calories—47 minutes walking
  • Cranberry Sauce (1/4 cup): 110 calories—31 minutes walking
  • Wine (6 oz): 150 calories—43 minutes walking
  • Beer (12 oz): 153 calories—43 minutes walking
  • Apple Cider (8oz): 136 calories—39 minutes walking

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