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.
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
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
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
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
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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