Holidays' Worst Food Bombs -- and How to Defuse Them
Is that slice of pie worth it? Find out just what it takes to burn off your favorite holiday indulgences
The Bomb Buster: To defuse this calorie-laden drink, Lauderdale recommends burpees. Perform as many as you can in 45 seconds, then rest for 15 seconds. Repeat 25 times for a total of 25 minutes -- that's how many it will take to burn off a single glass of eggnog.
Why: "Burpees are a great full body exercise that will burn lots of calories in a short amount of time," says Lauderdale.
Reality Check: Also known as a squat thrust, burpees are super effective -- and ridiculously difficult. From a standing position, you drop into a squat as if you're trying to imitate a frog, then kick your feet back into a push-up position. From there, you hop back into your crouch, and end by jumping up into a standing position -- your hands reaching for the ceiling. Repeat ad nauseum until you're wishing you never took a single sip of boozy eggnog. I take Lauderdale's boot camp class weekly, and -- when put to the test in the office -- was huffing and puffing after a single minute. I think I'll switch my eggnog for a glass of wine, which weighs in at a cool 120 calories per glass. I'll burn that off just by wearing heels to the holiday party, right?
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