How Long Should You Exercise to Burn Off Christmas Calories?

We recently teamed up with our nutritionists and personal trainers to reveal how many calories* are in the average Christmas dinner, traditional Christmas snacks, and drinks. Based on this we created a calorie calculator that shows you just how long you’ll need to exercise to burn off the food you eat on Christmas Day, using your favourite workout method.

The calculator lets you select what you will have for your Christmas dinner, as well as what snacks and drinks you’ll have on the day, including mince pies, selection boxes, mulled wine, and lager.

The exercises you can choose from are, running, swimming, cycling, walking, skipping, burpees, squats, push-ups and sit-ups. Based on your choice the calculator will inform you how long each exercise will take to burn off the calories.

Some of the Christmas foods you can choose from include: roast potatoes, a portion of turkey, stuffing, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables. You can even specify your sauces from cranberry sauce to bread sauce. Then you can also select the snacks and drinks you’ll have on Christmas Day, such as including Christmas tree chocolate decorations, mince pies, mulled wine, and lager.

To burn off the average Christmas dinner, it will take a total of four hours of body squats. Then to burn off the snacks, such as selection boxes and mince pies it will take 5 hours and 40 minutes. If you break it down further, to burn off one mince pie you will need to do either 62 minutes of squats, 40 minutes of sit-ups or 28 minutes of running.

Your Christmas Calorie Calculator co-founder, Russ Morgan, said,

“As an online services marketplace we have hundreds of personal trainers, nutritionists and dietitians, so we used their expert insight to work out just how much exercise the UK public would need to do after the Christmas period if they wanted to indulge guilt free!

We don’t want to put people off from indulging over the Christmas period, this is a rare time of year for families to get together and enjoy themselves. However, as with everything, moderation is key. We’re hoping this will help people enjoy Christmas with the knowledge they can maintain their fitness-level, especially with the amount of empty calories that is in alcohol.”

*Calorie information was obtained from food labels at leading supermarkets.