Do you find that you tend to get a little roly-poly during the festive season? From the chocolate inside your advent calendar to the mulled wine that seems to appear everywhere, Christmas is full of tempting treats to test your willpower. Needless to say, most of us are unable to resist – meaning that we start off the New Year a good deal heavier. Looks like we might need to buy a size up in the sales...
Not convinced that Christmas fare is all that fattening? What if we told you that the average person consumes 7000 calories on Christmas Day alone – that’s 5000 more than the recommended daily allowance for women. That Yule log doesn’t seem quite so irresistible any more...
Luckily, the team at York Fitness have come up with some great exercises that we can do to burn off all those excess calories that seem to creep up on us over Christmas. Keep these tips to hand and you won’t feel quite so bad when you help yourself to the Quality Street...
You reach for: A tasty mince pie to get you feeling festive.
It contains: 185 calories (and that’s before you’ve added the brandy butter!)
To burn it off, you’ll need to: Spend 15 minutes doing press-ups. No cheating, please...
You reach for: A glass of your favourite white or red to relax at the end of a long day.
It contains: 185 calories.
To burn it off, you’ll need to: Lift KettleBells weights for 20 minutes.
You reach for: Six Quality Street or Roses chocolates.
They contain: 268 calories. We don’t even want to think about the numbers involved when we scoff the whole box...
To burn it off, you’ll need to: Skip moderately for 18 minutes. Now where’s that skipping rope...
Pigs in Blankets
You reach for: Five mini Pigs in Blankets.
They contain: 375 calories.
To burn it off, you’ll need to: Spend 35 minutes on the exercise bike. Time to start pedalling...
You reach for: A slice of your Mum’s homemade Christmas cake.
It contains: 249 calories.
To burn it off, you’ll need to: Jog on the treadmill for 23 minutes. Ready, steady, go!
You reach for: A handful of nuts.
It contains: 256 calories. That’s almost as much as the Quality Street!
To burn it off, you’ll need to: Use a punchbag for 28 minutes. Go on, put some effort into it!
Ready to show those Christmas calories who’s boss? Visit www.yorkfitness.com to get your hands on some great training equipment, or browse our fitness page for some fabulous deals and offers.
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