Walking Walking for Weight Loss How Far You Must Walk to Burn the Thanksgiving Calories Calculate How Far You'll Need to Walk off What You Eat at the Feast By Wendy Bumgardner Updated September 16, 2018 Pin Flip Email Print Vicki Jauron, Babylon and Beyond Photography / Getty Images More in Walking Walking for Weight Loss Treadmill Walking Long Distance Walking Beginners Walking Shoes Walking Fast Gear and Clothing Pedometers and Fitness Bands Injuries and Prevention Clubs, Partners, and Programs Treadmill Workouts View All How far would you need to walk to burn off the Thanksgiving feast calories? Check this chart tor to find out how far you'll need to walk in miles, kilometers, and steps. The average Thanksgiving dinner can easily total 3,000 calories, and it's common to add another 1,500 calories with some snacks and drinks before and after. What about you? Note the distance needed for your favorite foods and make a walking plan. Thanksgiving Calories and Walking Chart Drinks: Calories Miles KM Steps 1 mixed drink 250 2.9 4.7 5,882 1 glass wine 120 1.4 2.3 2,824 1 cup coffee with cream and sugar 50 0.6 0.9 1,176 1 glass cider or sparkling grape juice 120 1.4 2.3 2,824 1 cup eggnog 343 4.0 6.5 8,071 Snacks: Calories Miles KM Steps 1 celery stalk with cream cheese 45 0.5 0.9 1,059 1 cracker with cheese 70 0.8 1.3 1,647 1/2 cup mixed raw vegetables 25 0.3 0.5 588 1/2 cup mixed nuts 440 5.2 8.3 10,353 1/2 cup fresh fruit 60 0.7 1.1 1,412 1 ounce tortilla or potato chips 150 1.8 2.8 3,529 1 tablespoon dip for chips 75 0.9 1.4 1,765 Salads: Calories Miles KM Steps 3 cups salad with diet dressing 100 1.2 1.9 2,353 1 tablespoon ranch dressing 75 0.9 1.4 1,765 1/2 cup gelatin with fruit 120 1.4 2.3 2,824 1/2 cup Waldorf salad 110 1.3 2.1 2,588 Main Course: Calories Miles KM Steps 6 ounces cured ham 300 3.5 5.7 7,059 6 ounces white and dark turkey 340 4.0 6.5 8,000 6 ounces prime rib 330 3.9 6.3 7,765 1/2 cup stuffing 180 2.1 3.4 4,235 1/2 cup cranberry sauce 190 2.2 3.6 4,471 1/2 cup mashed potatoes 150 1.8 2.8 3,529 1/2 cup gravy 150 1.8 2.8 3,529 1 baked potato with sour cream 150 1.8 2.8 3,529 1/2 cup green bean casserole 225 2.6 4.3 5,294 1/2 cup sautéed green beans 50 0.6 0.9 1,176 1/2 cup candied sweet potatoes 150 1.8 2.8 3,529 1 dinner roll 110 1.3 2.1 2,588 1 pat butter 45 0.5 0.9 1,059 Dessert: Calories Miles KM Steps 2 chocolate mints 60 0.7 1.1 1,412 2 small chocolate chip cookies 150 1.8 2.8 3,529 1 piece apple pie (1/8 of 9-inch pie) 410 4.8 7.8 9,647 1 piece pecan pie (1/8 of 9-inch pie) 480 5.6 9.1 11,294 1 piece pumpkin pie (1/8 of 9-inch pie) 180 2.1 3.4 4,235 1/2 cup whipped cream 75 0.9 1.4 1,765 1/2 cup ice cream 145 1.7 2.8 3,412 1 small piece fudge 70 0.8 1.3 1,647 Leftovers: Calories Miles KM Steps 1 turkey sandwich with mayo and cranberry sauce 450 5.3 8.5 10,588 1 open-face turkey sandwich with stuffing and gravy 290 3.4 5.5 6,824 These numbers are based on an American of average weight and an average stride length of 2,000 steps per mile. Your mileage may vary, as the calories burned per mile depends on your weight. Also, the number of steps you take per mile varies with your stride length. Burning the Calories on Thanksgiving Do you wonder whether you burn calories during your usual Thanksgiving activities? You can check on that and work a little more activity into your day. Cooking Miles: If you're the one cooking Thanksgiving dinner, you might be getting in a lot of steps between the refrigerator, oven, and table. If you wear a Fitbit or other pedometer, you can take credit for all of the miles you rack up cooking and hosting.Step it Up During the Game: Football fans who spend most of Thanksgiving watching the games need to find ways to work activity into the day to burn off calories and reduce the health risks of sitting still. Wear a pedometer and ensure you are logging at least 250 steps per hour. How about doing 100 victory steps for every first down by your team and 250 steps for every touchdown? Get up and move around during every commercial break. Spend halftime going for a walk around the neighborhood or helping set up or clean up the feast. Burn Off Thanksgiving Calories With a Walk While you may wish you started with burning off the Halloween treats calories, it's never too late to get started in burning the excess calories that come on over the fall and winter: Enjoy a Thanksgiving Walk: Break away from the food prep and feasting to enjoy a walk with your family and friends. Once the turkey is in the oven, go for a stroll around the neighborhood or at a local park. Walking together is a natural way to catch up with people you don't see often.Walk or run a local Turkey Trot: Use the walk finder to find a charity walk or run you can enjoy on Thanksgiving or the weekend before or after. You can pre-burn or burn off the feasting calories while having fun. Wear your best pilgrim or turkey costume to get into the spirit.Take a refreshing walk in the park: Find a nearby park or natural area where you can walk amidst trees and greenery. Studies have found that this helps memory and relaxation, just what you need as the holiday season swings into full gear.Walking and shopping Black Friday through Cyber Monday: You can log a lot of miles shopping, whether it's indoors at the mall or outdoors on a popular shopping street. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing so your walking is pleasant, even if it means shuffling and jostling with the crowd. Treadmills to the rescue: Is the weather outside getting frightful? The treadmill is a delightful alternative form of walking. Do your online shopping from the treadmill and avoid the crowds. If you don't have a home treadmill, it's a good time to hit the gym as they become deserted over the holidays.Are you flying or driving over Thanksgiving break? These long sedentary stretches can make it a challenge to stay active. Here's how to walk 10,000 steps per day when flying and when on a road trip. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Looking to start walking off the weight? Our free guide offers tips, workouts, and a printable schedule to help you get on the right track. Email Address Sign Up There was an error. Please try again. Thank you, , for signing up. What are your concerns? Other Inaccurate Hard to Understand Submit Article Sources Ainsworth BE, Haskell WL, Herrmann SD, et al. 2011 Compendium of Physical Activities. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2011;43(8):1575-1581. doi:10.1249/mss.0b013e31821ece12. Bassett DR, Toth LP, Lamunion SR, Crouter SE. Step Counting: A Review of Measurement Considerations and Health-Related Applications. Sports Medicine. 2016;47(7):1303-1315. Continue Reading Article Healthy People May Be Able to Walk a Marathon Without Training Article How Far Is One Million Steps? 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