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‘Tis the season for party-hopping, cookie-eating and coming up with every excuse in the book for skipping your workout. But don’t beat yourself up if you’re too busy with precious holiday prepping time to hit the gym. In fact, decking the halls can help you burn off some calories. Check out these hidden calorie busters—no sweat required!
*All calorie counts based on a 140-pound person
Walking is a great form of exercise, especially as you hustle around an endless mall in search of the perfect gift. Strolling at a moderate pace for two hours can burn 420 calories.
Bet you didn’t think you could burn calories by wrapping presents, right? Well, you can! Try 95 calories an hour. And if you want to boost your calorie-burning potential (by 34 percent), stand instead of sitting while you decorate all of those gifts.
We’re not talking watching football—we’re talking grabbing your coats, heading outdoors and playing a friendly game of Two Hand Touch with your family. You can knock off a whopping 509 calories in just one hour—and that will cancel out more than two cups of eggnog!
Nothing says holidays more than a nighttime skate under the stars complete with festive tunes in the background. So grab your skates, head to your local rink, and you could torch 445 calories in an hour.
Cleaning the house
It’s a necessary evil, but someone has to do it before all those guests arrive. Instead of thinking of it as drudgery though, think about all the calories you could be burning—like 191 an hour. Not bad for pushing a mop around.
Sure, untangling strand after strand of twisted and knotted lights can be maddening, but maybe not when you realize that you’re busting 223 calories an hour while decking the halls.
Yes, measuring flour and kneading dough can help you work off the calories from the cookies you may be eating later. Just an hour of baking will burn 127 calories.
If you stand more than you sit at a holiday party, you can burn 230 calories over two hours. Just make sure you’re wearing comfy shoes!
If you’re lucky enough to have a white Christmas, you can work off 382 calories an hour simply by shoveling your (or your elderly neighbor’s) driveway.
Christmas tree shopping
If you’re trekking through the woods to find the perfect tree, you could also be blasting 382 calories an hour. Makes the quest for one that’s not too tall, too short, too fat or too sparse worthwhile!
Of course, we can’t celebrate the holidays without a feast. So while you’re checking off every item on your list, you’re also burning 146 calories an hour.
Preparing that feast can work off even more calories. Spend a couple hours in the kitchen and you can burn 254 calories—enough to justify another serving of stuffing later.
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