A Big Helping Of Exercise

Burning off the calories from your Thanksgiving dinner isn't as easy as it sounds

November 22, 2007|By Kristine Henry | Kristine Henry,Special to the Sun

Thinking of taking a nice evening stroll to "walk off" your Thanksgiving dinner? Plan to be gone for more than six hours. That's how long it would take a person who weighs 155 pounds to burn the roughly 1,650 calories eaten in a typical Turkey Day feast - and that's without going back for seconds.

Here's a breakdown by dish:

Turkey (115 calories in 3 slices) and gravy (178 calories in 1/2 cup) = 293 calories = 71 minutes of walking

Mashed potatoes = 111 calories in 1/2 cup = 14 minutes of racquetball

Stuffing = 198 calories in 1/2 cup = 21 minutes of biking

Green beans = 18 calories = 2 minutes of ice skating or 2 minutes of racquetball

Green bean casserole = 110 calories in 2/3 cup = 13 minutes of ice skating Sweet potatoes, candied = 192 calories in 1/2 cup = 16 minutes of swimming Dinner roll = 115 calories = 14 minutes of tennis

Cranberry sauce = 105 calories in 1/4 cup = 9 minutes of jumping rope

Pumpkin pie = 367 calories in 1 slice = 45 minutes of jogging

Glass of wine = 142 calories in 1 glass (7 ounces) = 30 minutes of golf

Working off the calories

Biking burns 563 calories per hour = 9.4 calories/minute Golfing 281 = 4.7 Jogging 493 = 8.2 Racquetball 493 = 8.2 Jumping rope 704 = 11.7 Ice skating 493 = 8.2 Swimming 704 = 11.7 Tennis 493 = 8.2 Walking 246 = 4.1 Sources: caloriecontrol.org; calorie-count.com; bettycrocker.com; nutristrategy.com

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