How Much Exercise Do You Need to Burn Off Christmas?

If you’re planning to escape Christmas without gaining weight and without giving up your favourite grub, follow this simple exercise programme. Doddle.

excersise to burn off xmas

All the Chocolates in Your Kid’s Advent Calendar: 550 calories
The Amount of Exercise Required to Burn It Off: One hour of stair climbing, at 575 calories per hour. Cool side effect: Buns of steel.

Ten Mixed Drinks at the Office Christmas Party: 1,500 calories
The Amount of Exercise Required to Burn It Off: Three hours of cross-country skiing, at 500 calories per hour. Using ski poles also strengthens your biceps, triceps and forearms, simultaneously improving your drinking technique.

The Carrots You Were Supposed to Leave for the Reindeer: 125 calories
The Amount of Exercise Required to Burn It Off: Three hours and five minutes of sexual activity, at 40 calories per hour. As a bonus, sex also prevents wrinkles: A Scottish study found that couples who have sex three or more times a week appear on average 10 years younger than their actual age. This is due to the fact that orgasms trigger the release of oestrogen, which improves hair and skin health.

Two Helpings of Christmas Dinner: 1,750 calories
The Amount of Exercise Required to Burn It Off: Three and a half hours of stationary bicycling, at 500 calories per hour. Stationary bikes are also known for encouraging the body to secrete feel-good hormones—like endorphins and serotonin—which induce a state of well-being, although probably not as much as the two helpings of Christmas dinner did.

A Decent Helping of Christmas Pudding: 350 calories
The Amount of Exercise Required to Burn It Off: About two-and-a-half hours of playing drums, at 250 calories per hour. Maybe start right as everyone’s beginning to feel tired in the late afternoon? Just a thought.