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From Nancy Hellmich:

10:47AM EST November 21. 2012 – You probably don’t want to get up from Thanksgiving dinner feeling rounder than the turkey, but you may not want to fret about calories on this special holiday. So what to do?

Consider taking a walk, a long one.

If you go whole hog eating heaping portions, going back for seconds and enjoying pumpkin, pecan and apple pie with ice cream, and having a couple glasses of wine, you could wind up eating 4,000 calories or more. That’s about 2,000 calories more than many people need in a day.

To burn off those extra 2,000 calories, a 180-pound person would have to walk briskly (about 3.5 miles an hour on a level surface) for 5 hours or more, says Heather Mangieri, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a sports nutritionist in Pittsburgh. “Take a flashlight.”

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  • Mike M

    The benefits of cardio (getting your heart rate into Target Heart Range) extend beyond the limited time you actually do so since your over-all metabolic rate extends for at least 2 days beyond that time period. Lifting weights is even more advantageous since muscle burns calories. If you don’t think weight-lifting is an option for 50-something scholars with an ample supply of “sitz fleisch” think again; my 80 year old mom hits the weights 3x a week.