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Easy ways to burn holiday calories (infographic)

Dec. 11, 2015

Between holiday parties, sweets and lavish meals, it's easy to put on a few extra pounds over the holidays. Luckily, it's also easy to burn calories doing many of the things you've already built into your schedule. This handy guide includes calories burned for the most frequent holiday activities, and some words of wisdom from Sharp Health Plan wellness coach Jessica Bixenmann.

Easy ways to burn holiday calories (infographic). From wrapping gifts to washing dishes, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that even the simplest of holiday activities can help prevent putting on the pounds. Enjoying a family gathering. Sitting, talking and eating with family and friends can burn up to 60 calories in an hour. You can burn 60 calories wrapping gifts for 30 minutes. Tending bar for guests for one hour can help you burn 120 calories. Standing and socializing for an hour helps you burn 120 calories. Preparing for guests. It may not be fun, but moderate to heavy housecleaning can burn up to 180 calories in one hour. Changing bed linens, washing dishes and mopping the floor each burn 30 calories in 15 minutes. Making dinner. From the store to the table, preparing a holiday meal could burn up to 120 calories. Thirty minutes of grocery shopping burns 60 calories. Loading and unloading the car can burn 20 calories in 10 minutes. Setting the table can burn 10 calories in just five minutes. Post-dinner activities. It’s good to get active after a large meal. A simple nature walk could burn up to 75 calories. Fifteen minutes of light jogging can burn 30 calories. Playing catch can help you burn 60 calories in 30 minutes. Playing flag football burns a whopping 300 calories in one hour. Have a plan and stick to it for upcoming holiday events, says Jessica Bixenmann, health and wellness coach at Sharp Health Plan. Don’t know what food items will be there? Set limits with plate and portion size. Pick what you really want, but limit the number of items for yourself. This includes calorie-dense alcoholic beverages.

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