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What it Takes to Burn off Your Thanksgiving Meal

By By: DivineCaroline
11/16/2011 9:17:25 AM

It's said that everything is healthy in moderation, but Thanksgiving is no time for restraint. The creamy mashed potatoes, succulent turkey meat, decadent pumpkin pie with whipped cream-it's a once-a-year occasion, so if there's any time to splurge, it's Thanksgiving. But how does one burn off all of those delicious gravy-soaked calories? To put the decadent meal into perspective, we found the activities that a 130 pound woman would have to do to work off a Thanksgiving feast. Surprisingly, working off some Thanksgiving favorites is as easy as apple pie. Feel good about your caloric indulgence, knowing that you just need to follow the meal with some physical activity.

Mashed potatoes from scratch with whole milk and butter, (1 cup)

Calories: 237.

To burn it off: General yard work, 1 hour

Roasted turkey (1/2 cup light meat without skin, 1/2 cup dark meat with skin, 1/2 cup homemade gravy)

Calories: 372

To burn it off: window shopping, 1.5 hours

General housework and cleaning, 40 minutes

Playing with children, 30 minutes

Cranberry sauce, sweetened, canned, plus homemade whipped cream

Calories: 470

To burn it off: Cross-country skiing at a 4-4.9 mph pace for 1 hour

Cornbread stuffing from the package (1 cup)

Calories: 358

To burn it off: Jogging for 40 minutes

Stretching, 20 minutes

Sparkling Cider (2 glasses)

Calories: 280

To burn it off: General aerobic dancing, 45 minutes

Continue to slideshow at divinecaroline.com to learn what it takes to burn off the rest of your Thanksgiving meal.

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