Fun and Fit Ideas for Independence Day As Americans gear up for a weekend of barbecues and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day (July 4) and our neighbors to the north honor Canada Day (July 1), we thought it worthwhile to share some fun ways to celebrate while getting in some exercise and what to...
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As Americans gear up for a weekend of barbecues and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day (July 4) and our neighbors to the north honor Canada Day (July 1), we thought it worthwhile to share some fun ways to celebrate while getting in some exercise and what to watch out for that could make your calories budget go off like a firework.
As summer gets into full swing, so does barbecuing season. And barbecues often include two things in excess (other than meat): lawn games and condiments. So if you plan on making the cook-out circuit this long weekend and are concerned you won't have time to exercise, don't discount the calories you can burn by playing some exciting and classic lawn games. Here's a list of calories burned during 30 minutes of play (based a 175 lb. person):
The above ideas are great for burning calories, but it helps that we all avoid consuming an excess of calories while we're having fun - particularly from one sneaky little culprit: the condiment.
Condiments are plentiful at most barbecues, and they seem to be available for everything from the main course to side items ("Gravy for your mashed potatoes anyone?"). And at the top of our list of sneaky condiments to be careful of:
- Badminton: 178 calories
- Card Playing: 63 calories
- Coaching Your Spouse on the Sidelines, while carrying an infant: 147 calories
- Cooking Food: 105 calories
- Croquet: 100 calories
- Frisbee (not ultimate): 121 calories
- Horseshoes: 119 calories
- Playing with the kids: 158 calories
- Table Tennis (not Beer Pong!): 158 calories
- Washing Dishes (by hand): 89 calories
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- Ketchup: At 15 calories per tablespoon and the fact that most of us plop down about 4+ tablespoons on our fries and burger, that's an extra 60+ calories. For a healthier substitute, go with salsa.
- Mayonnaise: Weighing in a 90 calories and nearly 10 grams of fat per serving (one tablespoon), it's best to avoid mayo altogether. Reach for the mustard instead.
- BBQ Sauce: Yes it can be an integral part of a barbecued meal, but at 60 calories and 15 carbs per two tablespoons, consider using a little dab of honey to give your dish that sweetness without causing some tummy "saggyness."