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10 ways to burn 100 calories this Christmas

Published 16/12/2010 | 14:33

35 minutes of Christmas decorating can burn 100 calories. Photo: Getty Images
35 minutes of Christmas decorating can burn 100 calories. Photo: Getty Images

Navigating your way around the festive food minefield this Christmas may seem like a challenge, so if you happen to have one mince pie too many, get back on track with these little crackers from Unislim, all burning 100 calories!

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Get all wrapped up for 40 minutes

Offer to do everyone’s wrapping this year! Standing up while doing it will burn more calories than sitting down and the more time you spend fiddling with bows and ribbon the more you burn – who says presentation isn’t everything!

Supermarket sweep for 23 minutes

Adopt a military style to your grocery shop getting in and out as quickly as possible! Don’t waste times looking for a parking space near the door – further away means extra walking and those heavy bags will tone your arms in no time.

Deck the halls for 35 minutes

Turn your decorating into a workout with all that bending and stretching. Stand up while detangling the fairy lights to burn extra calories and standing on your tip toes to reach to the top of the tree will help your coordination too – just be sure to keep your balance!

Cook up a feast for 25 minutes

It may be freezing outside but if you’re head chef this year you definitely won’t be feeling the chill! Running around will burn lots of calories so enjoy your lunch when you finally sit down – just make sure and not pick at any of that food beforehand!

Hostess with the most-ess for 20 minutes

Not in this case! Entertaining has its advantages – serving food and constant mingling with guests will burn extra calories and although both the pre and post party clean up can be a pain just think of it as an extra work out!

Dancing Queen for 15 minutes

Be the first one on the dance floor at your Christmas party this year and you’ll have your dessert burned off in no time! If you live in walking distance bring some flats in your handbag and arrange to walk home with a group of friends after your night out.

Season of goodwill for 10 minutes

Check out your local paper to see where your nearest Santa fun run is this Christmas and get involved. Everyone dresses up in Christmas costumes and it’s a fun day out to give back something to charity.

Be the bearer of gifts for 14 minutes

Leave the car at home when delivering your presents this year. Just remember your sack of goodies will get lighter after each house so that should inspire you to walk faster. Save some money on stamps and hand deliver your cards as well.

Burrr its cold outside for 20 minutes

Organise for the whole family to get outside for a brisk walk after your Christmas lunch. Wrap up warm and if your kids have got active presents of Santa this year like bicycles, let them have their first go outside – just watch out for that ice!

Relax, it’s Christmas for 100 minutes

You only burn 1 calorie a minutes sitting idle so definitely save this for last! Get the family together to watch a Christmas film or use the time to makes lists of things still to do and get so at list your mind is getting a work out.

You can find more ways to burn calories this Christmas on www.unislimonline.ie.

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