How Far You Have To Walk In NYC To Burn Off Thanksgiving Dinner

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We assume you’ve woken from your Turkey day induced food-coma. Time to hit the NYC in search of Black-Friday deals… but exactly how far do you have to walk to burn off the Thanksgiving feast? We’re about to tell you.

So how far would you have to walk to burn off the delicious turkey dinner you ate yesterday? First, let’s look at how many calories you actually ate.

The calorie count:

According to research from the Calorie Control Council, the average American eats about 4,500 calories during a typical Thanksgiving holiday. The typical dinner alone contains a whopping 3,150 calories:

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Then add to that another 1,500 calories, in appetizers and drinks before and after the big meal, brings the number to a whopping 4,500 and 229 grams of fat. For a little perspective, that’s the equivalent of more than 2 1/4 times the average daily calorie intake and just under 3 1/2 times the fat.

How far do you have to walk?

the healthcare company Treated recently released this map of the NYC subway system. It shows you how many calories you’ll burn by walking from one station to the next with the aim of encouraging New Yorkers to more exercise and improving our health.

The results? In a word, depressing, especially when you consider the 4,500 calories you probably ate yesterday.

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So how do you burn all that off by walking? Let’s say you live in Williamsburg, off the Marcy Ave stop on the JMZ, and you work in Midtown near Bryant Park. Walking to work instead of taking the M train would burn 427 calories, so you would have to walk to and from work for an entire week in order to burn 4,500 calories.

Or, suppose you live in Stuy Town and you work on Wall Street. You’d have to walk to and from work for 8 days in order to burn off your Thanksgiving dinner.

Maybe we should lay off the pumpkin pie next year.

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