Christmas Cookie Exercises: How To Burn Off The Extra Holiday Calories

Most Popular Christmas Cookies:

    •  Chocolate Chip Cookies: 110 calories each
    • Gingerbread Cookies: 158 calories each
    • Sugar Cookies With Decorative Icing: 65 calories each
    • Linzer Cookies: 85 calories each
    • Snickerdoodle Cookies: 182 calories each
    • Gingersnap Cookies: 121 calories each
  • Rugelach Cookies: 97 calories each

 

With all of the holiday parties this season, you’re bound to come face to face with a mighty temptation—a plate of warm and delicious Christmas cookies. Don’t beat yourself up over a cookie or two. Enjoy your indulgence without overdoing it. If there’s a day when you simply must satisfy your sweet tooth, balance the extra calories with extra activity in your day. Enjoying the holidays is nothing to shame yourself about. Here are a few holiday exercise ideas to keep the caloric cookie monster at bay.

Most Popular Christmas Cookies:

    •  Chocolate Chip Cookies: 110 calories each
    • Gingerbread Cookies: 158 calories each
    • Sugar Cookies With Decorative Icing: 65 calories each
    • Linzer Cookies: 85 calories each
    • Snickerdoodle Cookies: 182 calories each
    • Gingersnap Cookies: 121 calories each
  • Rugelach Cookies: 97 calories each

 

Snowshoeing

person skiing
Why go snowshoeing?  It’s a popular winter activity for a reason. Snowshoeing extends your hiking season into winter. It allows you to enjoy winter and can be a fun social activity. There’s nothing like the great outdoors! Snowshoeing is low-impact, aerobic, and will help keep you in shape by burning away those cookie calories. It’s a great workout for your quads, hamstrings, and calf muscles. A few techniques worth practicing: widening your stance to avoid stepping on frames, going up and down hills, and using poles to traverse slopes for upper body strength.

 

Walking:

woman in black leggings while walking on brown road
Walking is easy to do. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a destination. Brisk walking at a pace that raises the heart rate is an aerobic exercise. Studies show major beneficial effects for diabetics who participate in aerobic exercise three times a week for a total of 150 minutes. The American Diabetes Association recommends not going two consecutive days without an aerobic exercise session. Walking can burn 90 to 200 calories in 30 minutes depending on the intensity of the walk. A slow stroll burns fewer calories than a brisk walk. Strive to walk at a brisk pace of a 17-20 min walk to maximize your calorie burn. 

Stationary Biking

Man on the exercise bikes
Stationary biking is an aerobic exercise that makes your heart stronger and your lungs function better, ideal during winter because you can get an amazing workout, no matter the weather. Bicycling improves blood flow to your legs and burns many calories, enabling one to maintain a healthy weight level. The amount of calories you burn depends on the time you spend pedaling and the pace you work at. A 200 lb. person burns an average of 310 calories in 30 minutes of pedaling moderately and around 503 calories in 30 minutes of pedaling vigorously. Do as much as you can, within your comfort level. 

 

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