Christmas Day, it’s the one day of the year most of us throw caution into the wind, and eat and drink whatever we like. After all, its only one day right? It is not unusual for your eyes to be 10 times the size of your belly, and to fall into a Christmas lunch food coma – promising yourself you’re never going to eat again. From after Christmas, it will be simply broccoli and poached chicken you vow as you help yourself to more left overs come dinner time. However if you’re one to normally count calories, did you know the average person consumes approximately 5,500 calories, and that’s just at lunch?
To work off that many calories you’d need to complete two marathons, back-to-back. That’s approximately 84 kilometres, Even if you ran from the heart of Surfers Paradise to Brisbane CBD, you’d still have to keep running for about another 6 kilometres. You would have to cycle 175 kilometres, burning approximately 48 for each 1.6 kilometres or spend 9 hours at the gym.If swimming is more up your alley you’d need to freestyle it for a long 13 hours.
Most people tend to throw caution into the wind, but with the alcohol, a constantly stream of chips and dips, not to mention the chocolates and biscuits you normally get as Christmas presents, but it may take until Easter to get rid of all those Christmas/New Year treats.
While showing a little discipline after the main course is not a popular course of action, it may save you from lashing of self-regret. Obviously, we’re not saying you shouldn’t enjoy Christmas Day, simply pay attention to portion sizes and instead of sleeping off your food coma, go for a walk, play backyard cricket or enjoy a family bike ride.