Holiday Survival Guide

By Deena Hamza

Let`s be honest. All of us are going to indulge in Holiday treats because occasions are intertwined with good food and even better company. Instead of morphing into a royal Grinch and spoiling the festivities by turning down red velvet cake or pecan pie, here are some ways to battle the bulge once the Holidays are over.

Chestnuts roasted on an open fire (2 of them) – 140 calories

  • Sing holiday songs for 60 minutes
  • Light stationary rowing for 40 minutes

Gingerbread man (1 large) – 180 calories

  • Run through the park for 20 minutes
  • Run on the treadmill for 20 minutes

Peanut brittle (1 ½ oz.) – 200 calories

  • Chat with the boss at the office party for 2 hours
  • Stair climber for 30 minutes

Fruitcake – 300 calories

  • Drive for 2 hours to visit relatives
  • Circuit training for 45 minutes

Cranberry Tart (1 slice) – 425 calories

  • Go sledding for 60 minutes
  • Enjoy a moderate spin class – 45 minutes

Pecan Pie (1 slice) – 450 calories

  • Cook a holiday feast for 3 hours
  • One vigorous aerobics class for 45 to 60 minutes

Rum eggnog (8 oz.) – 500 calories

  • Dance for 2 hours
  • Vigorous lap swimming for 60 minutes

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Enjoy yourselves this Holiday Season but every decadence you indulge in there’s an equal fitness penance waiting!


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