How much will you have to exercise to burn off that turkey dinner?

Plan on a lot of exercise if you hope to burn off that Thanksgiving meal. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

 

How many burpees does it take to burn off a dollop of gravy? How far must you run to negate a slice of holiday pie?

The Daily Burn tallied the caloric cost of a Thanksgiving feast, and the results might make you second guess that decision not to sign up for the local turkey trot.

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Most Americans gobble up between 2,400 and 4,500 calories in a single sitting on Thanksgiving Day, according to this article in the New York Times. That includes turkey, stuffing, a buttered roll, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, some green bean casserole, and slices of pecan and pumpkin pie. That’s more than an entire day’s calories, especially if you add a glass or two of wine to the mix.

We’re all for overindulgent feasting on such a special occasion, but it does help to balance out all the calories with some exercise.

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According to the Daily Burn’s helpful infographic, the turkey trot will take care of one slice of pie. That’s it. You’ll have to walk for 35 minutes to equalize a single 6-ounce glass of red wine, dance for 14 minutes to negate half a cup of green bean casserole or play flag football for 20 minutes for that hot buttered roll. And you’ll have to run the stairs for 10 minutes to make up for that half cup of stuffing.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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