Burning off your Thanksgiving meal

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Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when it’s OK to indulge on everything from turkey legs and fluffy mashed potatoes to savory stuffing and slices of decadent pumpkin pie. After a day of enjoying these dishes with family and friends, however, it’s time to get back on your fitness regimen. Here are some popular holiday foods and how you can burn them off:

4-ounces of turkey (dark meat): 183 calories

After you’ve gotten your fill of turkey, head outside with family and friends to play a friendly game of football. This can make for some friendly competition and help you shed most of those calories in just 25 minutes.

One serving of stuffing: 352 calories

It’s shocking to discover how small one serving of stuffing is (1/2 cup). Chances are, you may have more than one. Take advantage of the Black Friday sales by power walking around with your shopping bags for about 30 minutes. Not only will you have gotten some great deals, you’ll have torched calories in the process.

Slice of pumpkin pie: 320 calories

It’s easy to eat one (or even two) slices of pie after dinner. In order to burn off those calories, you’ll need to jump rope for about 30 minutes. If you don’t want to do all your jumping in one sitting, have your jump rope by your side while you’re watching football so you can exercise during commercials.

Of course, if you opt for a slice of pecan pie instead, you’ll need to find a way to burn approximately 503 calories. Luckily, ice skating for an hour will torch about 511 calories.

When you’re done with whatever exercise you’ve chosen, make sure to take the time to stretch and massage your muscles. Personal massage can help prevent muscle soreness to keep you on track with your fitness goals.

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