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Walking Off Thanksgiving Calories
We All Overeat at Thanksgiving
At Thanksgiving, people usually remove all restraints from their eating. Indulging in extra helpings of mashed potatoes, pecan pie and other holiday delights seems okay on that special day.
Here's what you need to know before indulging: how much exercise will it take to compensate for that huge meal?
Look down the page to find the answer. I've included the calorie count for the traditional food served at Thanksgiving and also the calories burned with various activities. Get ready for the Thanksgiving feast by working off some of those calories in advance.
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Calculate How Many Calories You Are Likely to Eat
Using the Thanksgiving Calorie Counter
Go to the Thanksgiving Calorie Counter at About.com. Browse the list of Thanksgiving foods and click on the ones you expect to eat. Don't forget to click on the drinks and gravy and various trimmings.
At the end of the list, click on DO-THE-MATH. It brings up the total calories you expect to consume and then tells you how many steps it will take to walk those off.
EXAMPLE: "that comes to 1728 calories. You will need to walk 17.28 miles or 34560 steps, assuming you cover one mile in 2,000 steps."
Try Out the Thanksgiving Calorie Calculator
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- Thanksgiving Calorie Calculator
Use the Thanksgiving calorie calculator to total your Thanksgiving feast calories. How many calories are in a slice of pecan pie or a helping of candied sweet potatoes? The Thanksgiving calorie calculator makes it easy to see how many calories you p
Spread Out the Exercise and Opt for Lighter Meals Around the Holiday
Now obviously you aren't likely to take a 17 mile hike on Thanksgiving Day. I'd suggest getting in some extra walking or aerobics at the gym or biking the week leading up to Thanksgiving.
One way to inspire you to walk more before Thanksgiving is to take the camera along. Get some exercise while you have a Fall Photo Walk.
On the day after Thanksgiving, I recommend a hearty bowl of turkey and vegetable soup. It will use up some of the leftovers and give you a lighter meal to recover from the previous day's eating binge. Continue exercising with walks or visits to the gym on this day too.
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Time for a Walk
How can you resist a fall walk enjoying the beauty of the season? The air is crisp, the leaves colorful and it feels so good to get outside and stretch your legs.
Take a Walk Thanksgiving Day
Take Along Your Camera
- Take a Fall Photography Walk
Autumn has perfect weather for a walk with your camera. There's plenty of colorful subjects to photograph. Here are tips for making the most of your fall photo walk.