Christmas is fast approaching!

Don`t panic! I have compiled a list of calorie burning activities that might help you stay on track this Christmas.

As much as we look forward to this time of year, and all that comes with it (the friends, the family, and of course, the food!) it’s hard to escape the stress that it can often bring.

“Exercise routine? Heh.

Healthy eating? Forget about it.”

Sound like you? Between the cooking, cleaning, traveling, decorating, shopping, and entertaining, how can you fit in your normal exercise routine? Or even a shorter exercise routine? Well, if you’re like most “normal” Brits, you’ve probably bitten off more than you can chew when it comes to responsibilities. So, here’s a list of common Christmas activities and the number of calories they burn.

The best advice I can offer to anyone on a long term weight loss and body shape journey is to be realistic, plan meals ahead if you can and relax if you fall of the wagon every now and then…it is normal. You can keep your caloric intake in check (by keeping portions small and making healthier recipe substitutions), and by adding up these common activities—like cooking and cleaning—you can still burn a hefty sum of calories without setting foot in the gym.

Bathing dog (to look and smell pretty for guests!): 15 minutes = 56 calories

Wrapping gifts or making gifts : 30 minutes = 48

Bagging grass & leaves: 30 minutes = 127 calories

Light baking (of all your favorite treats): 1 hour = 159 calories

Tending bar for guests (not drinking it yourself! Ah go on then!): 1 hour = 146 calories

Changing bed linens (for the out-of-towners): 15 minutes = 40 calories

Loading & Unloading the car (suitcases, shopping, kids): 10 minutes = 32 calories

Carrying shopping (er…an excuse for more sale shopping perhaps?): 5 minutes = 13 calories

Taking out rubbish: 2 minutes = 5 calories

Carrying wood or lumber (Marshmallows not included): 5 minutes = 26 calories

General to heavy house cleaning: 1 hour = 191 calories

Clearing dishes from the table: 5 minutes = 13 calories

Washing dishes by hand: 15 minutes = 37 calories Dusting: 15 minutes = 40 calories

Family reunion (includes sitting, talking and eating…not fighting): 1 hour = 95 calories

Food preparation: 1 hour = 195 calories

Putting away groceries: 5 minutes = 13 calories

Quick walk after dinner: 15 minutes = 95 calories

Light jogging (to get away from scary relatives): 15 minutes = 127 calories

Mowing lawn (pushing power mower): 20 minutes = 95 calories Mopping floors: 15 minutes = 56 calories

Playing catch (baseball or football): 30 minutes = 79 calories

Raking lawn: 30 minutes = 137 calories

Grocery shopping (with cart): 30 minutes = 73 calories

Grocery shopping (with basket): 30 minutes = 79 calories

Socialising while standing: 1 hour = 127 calories

So, if you’re finding it impossible to get to the gym, try something new this year…like NOT avoiding the extra holiday chores. Your partner and/or host will be happy, and so will you for keeping your waistline in check.

Keep active, have fun and enjoy your Christmas time.

Rachel Benton

Personal Training

Bedford, UK

[email protected]

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