The Calorie Control Council estimates the average American holiday reveler will pack away 4,500 calories on this notoriously record holiday of calorie consumption. Other dieticians estimate that the average American will consume more than 4,000 calories during Thanksgiving dinner. Even this lower number is more than the average amount of calories expended by participants in this year’s New York City Marathon. Rather than wallow in guilt this year the folks at TrekDesk treadmill desk offer some alternative tips to help burn off these extra calories.
Thanksgiving is here. Should we take a healthier approach and cut back on those extra servings of stuffing, gravy and pie? Yeah, right; like that is going to happen.
Better to face facts and then come up with an alternate plan. 4,500 calories is more than twice the recommended daily calorie allotment for adults. Combining that fact with the knowledge that the average American walks less than 5,000 steps per day (burning a mere 250 total calories in the process) leads to some staggering math revelations. At that rate it takes 18 days to burn off a single over indulged Thanksgiving feast – assuming an individual increased their activity to 10,000 steps minimum and consumed only a balanced amount of calories thereafter.
It is also important to remember to remain mobile immediately after the meal. Staying away from the couch and taking a walk after dinner activates an important enzyme reaction in the body that will route calories to muscle tissue rather than adipose and will further aid in digestion. If weather doesn’t permit this stay in motion by cleaning up the kitchen or spending a half an hour looking for that “Christmas Vacation” dvd. Football can wait, that is why they invented Tivo. Resisting the urge to stay motionless for more than 30 minutes at a stretch will go a long way in keeping the folks at Prilosec, Mylanta and gastroenterologists poorer this year.
Walking more than 5,000 steps daily (2.5 miles) though critical to health is a challenge for most Americans stressed by lack of time and motivation. We get that. However, movement incorporated into normally sedentary activities such as desk jobs solves the problem. TrekDesk offers this capability.
“It is easy to see why the holidays pack on the pounds and it becomes such a challenge to lose the added weight. Thanksgiving dinner will add an extra pound to the average American,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desks. “TrekDesk offers the opportunity to walk off the added weight in less than a week with a long list of other health benefits as well.”
TrekDesk is advocating for a ‘movement revolution’ within the United States that educates individuals to the necessity of walking a minimum of 10,000 steps every day. Designed to fit any existing treadmill, TrekDesk is an affordable, full sized workstation that allows individuals the opportunity to gain the necessary amount of exercise daily to lose weight, maintain health, prevent disease, strengthen muscles, boost mood and productivity, without requiring additional time during the day or extra motivation.
“We did not have an obesity epidemic during the 1960’s and Americans consumed roughly the same amount of calories then as they do today, however we burn much fewer calories due to our sedentary lifestyles,” concluded Bordley. “The key is to stay active throughout the day, especially immediately after this celebratory stuffing.”