Thanksgiving Calories - How Far You'll Need to Walk

Calculate How Far You'll Need to Walk to Burn Off the Feast

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How far would you need to walk to burn off the Thanksgiving feast calories? We used a walking calorie calculator to find out how far you'll need steps, miles and kilometers to walk it off. Check your favorite foods and make a walking plan.

Burning the Calories on Thanksgiving

Cooking Miles: If you're the one cooking Thanksgiving dinner, you might be getting in a lot of steps between the refrigerator, oven and table.

If you wear a Fitbit or other pedometer, you can take credit for all of the cooking and hosting exercise miles.

Step it Up During the Game: Football fans who spend most of Thanksgiving watching the games need to find ways to work activity into the day to burn off calories. Use these tips to score 10,000 steps while watching a football game. That will get you part way to burning the Thanksgiving calories.

Thanksgiving Calories and Walking Calculator Chart

Drinks:

Calories

Miles

KM

Steps

1 mixed drink

250

2.9

4.7

5882

1 glass wine

120

1.4

2.3

2824

1 cup coffee with cream and sugar

50

0.6

0.9

1176

1 glass cider or sparkling grape juice

120

1.4

2.3

2824

1 cup eggnog

343

4.0

6.5

8071

Snacks:

Calories

Miles

KM

Steps

1 celery stalk with cream cheese

45

0.5

0.9

1059

1 cracker with cheese

70

0.8

1.3

1647

½ cup mixed raw vegetables

25

0.3

0.5

588

½ cup mixed nuts

440

5.2

8.3

10353

½ cup fresh fruit

60

0.7

1.1

1412

1 ounce tortilla or potato chips

150

1.8

2.8

3529

1 tablespoon dip for chips

75

0.9

1.4

1765

Salads:

Calories

Miles

KM

Steps

3 cups salad with diet dressing

100

1.2

1.9

2353

1 tablespoon ranch dressing

75

0.9

1.4

1765

½ cup gelatin with fruit

120

1.4

2.3

2824

½ cup waldorf salad

110

1.3

2.1

2588

Main Course:

Calories

Miles

KM

Steps

6 ounces cured ham

300

3.5

5.7

7059

6 ounces white and dark turkey

340

4.0

6.5

8000

6 ounces prime rib

330

3.9

6.3

7765

½ cup stuffing

180

2.1

3.4

4235

½ cup cranberry sauce

190

2.2

3.6

4471

½ cup mashed potatoes

150

1.8

2.8

3529

½ cup gravy

150

1.8

2.8

3529

1 baked potato with sour cream

150

1.8

2.8

3529

½ cup green bean casserole

225

2.6

4.3

5294

½ cup sautéed green beans

50

0.6

0.9

1176

½ cup candied sweet potatoes

150

1.8

2.8

3529

1 dinner roll

110

1.3

2.1

2588

1 pat butter

45

0.5

0.9

1059

Dessert:

Calories

Miles

KM

Steps

2 chocolate mints

60

0.7

1.1

1412

2 small chocolate chip cookies

150

1.8

2.8

3529

1 piece apple pie (1/8 of 9-in pie)

410

4.8

7.8

9647

1 piece pecan pie (1/8 of 9-in pie)

480

5.6

9.1

11294

1 piece pumpkin pie (1/8 of 9-in pie)

180

2.1

3.4

4235

½ cup whipped cream

75

0.9

1.4

1765

½ cup ice cream

145

1.7

2.8

3412

1 small piece fudge

70

0.8

1.3

1647

Leftovers:

Calories

Miles

KM

Steps

1 turkey sandwich with mayo and cranberry sauce

450

5.3

8.5

10588

1 open-face turkey sandwich with stuffing and gravy

290

3.4

5.5

6824

These numbers are based on an American of average weight. Your mileage may vary!

Burn Off Thanksgiving Calories with a Walk

  • Enjoy a Thanksgiving Walk: Break away from the food prep and feasting to enjoy walk with your family and friends. Once the turkey is in the oven, go for a stroll around the neighborhood or at a local park. Walking together is a natural way to catch up with people you don't see often.
  • Walk or run a local Turkey Trot: Use the walk finder to find a charity walk or run you can enjoy on Thanksgiving or the weekend before or after. You can pre-burn or burn off the feasting calories while having fun. Wear your best pilgrim or turkey costume to get into the spirit.
  • Take a refreshing walk in the park: Find a nearby park or natural area where you can walk amidst trees and greenery. Studies have found that this helps memory and relaxation, just what you need as the holiday season swings into full gear.
  • Walking and shopping Black Friday through Cyber Monday: You can log a lot of miles shopping, whether it's indoors at the mall or outdoors on a popular shopping street. Gear up so your walking is pleasant even if it means shuffling and jostling with the crowd.
  • Treadmills to the rescue: Is the weather outside getting frightful? The treadmill is a delightful alternative for walking. Do your online shopping from the treadmill and avoid the crowds. If you don't have a home treadmill, it's a good time to hit the gym as they become deserted over the holidays.

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