Burning off those holiday calories the easy way

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We’re all facing those holiday parties which can pack on as much as 5,000 calories per event if you don’t watch out – or make an effort to burn them off.  Let’s see, six parties, 30,000 calories.  That’s almost 10 pounds and doesn’t take into consideration  what we do behind closed doors!

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You’ve heard the routine. For a 150-pound person, doing these exercises will burn about 150 calories, a great start to getting into shape:

  • Walking a mile at a pace of 15 to 20 minutes per mile
  • Swimming laps for 20 minutes
  • Bicycling for 30 minutes
  • Running a mile at a pace of 10 minutes per mile
  • Climbing stairs for 15 minutes
  • Raking leaves for 30 minutes
  • Playing basketball for 15 to 30 minutes
  • Gardening for 30 to 45 minutes
  • Jumping rope for 15 minutes
  • Dancing for 30 minutes

But I have an easier way

Since the above will hardly make a dent in your holiday calorie surplus, I’ve added a few of my favorite exercises which will burn 100 calories each:

* Slather on lip balm 765 times

* Shear three sheep.

* Let a Great Dane drag you down the street for 13 minutes at 5 mph.

* Wash, halve, and seed two butternut squash (it helps if you have a dull knife like mine),  then watch them bake for 30 minutes. (Watching anything bake is the perfect job for me.)

* Walk backward up hill for 15 minutes

* E-mail for 68 minutes while jiggling both heels up and down. (I guess I have been on an exercise regimen.)

* Sleep in for an extra  hour and 53 minutes.  I hope a nap after the party counts.

If all this fails and it probably will.  Just wait until January 2 and get on a program from the first list.

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