Christmas Day Calories Would Need A Marathon To Burn Off

Christmas calories mean a lot of exercise

‘Tis the season to be massively over-indulgent and shove the bathroom scales into a cupboard until the New Year so you don’t feel guilty.

While we’re as guilty as the next glutton when it comes to nabbing an extra mince pie as they do the rounds, we honestly do try to keep track of what we’re consuming so there’s not too much damage to undo when we hit the gym in January. However, after a glass of fizz or two (seven) it’s easy to stop counting and just kick back and enjoy yourself. And why not? It’s not like anyone else is counting…. are they?

Well yes, actually, because some brains at online marketplace have teamed up with nutritionists and personal trainers to create a calculator which tells you exactly how much exercise you would need to do to burn off those Christmas calories. And it ain’t pretty.

The calculator allows the user to select what they have for Christmas dinner, as well as what snacks they would eat on the day, including mince pies and selection boxes. They can then find out how much exercise they would need to do to burn off the calories. To try it for yourself, click here

Choose from running, swimming, cycling, walking, skipping, burpees, squats, push-ups and sit-ups, and the calculator will inform you how much time spent on each exercise is needed to burn off the calories. You can input everything from the amount of roast potatoes devoured to how much cranberry sauce you drizzle over your turkey. You can also add in snacks and drinks, from Christmas tree chocolate decorations and mince pies to mulled wine and lager.

The results are scary. To burn off a Christmas dinner, it would apparently take a total of four hours of body squats, and to burn off the snacks, such as selection boxes and mince pies, five hours and 40 minutes. To break it down further, to burn off one mince pie, you would have to do either 62 minutes of squats, 40 minutes of sit ups or 28 minutes of running. Hardly seems worth it, does it?!

But co-founder, Russ Morgan, denies the company is encouraging guilt complexes across the country. He says they’re merely encouraging a little thought before over-indulgence. He told Belle About Town: “We don’t want to put people off from indulging over the Christmas period, this is a rare time of year for families to get together and enjoy themselves, however as with everything, moderation is key, and we’re hoping this will help people enjoy Christmas safe in the knowledge they can maintain their fitness-level, especially with the amount of empty calories there is in alcohol.”

  • What do you think – is Christmas a time to be carefree and eat and drink what you like, or will you be moderating your intake after checking the stats on the calculator? Join the conversation on our Facebook page  or comment below.
Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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