In the spirit of holiday season, we're determined to applaud every single calorie you burn while partaking in festive activities, like wrapping presents and making fun of your sister's annoying husband while he's in the bathroom. Go ahead, pour yourself a refill!
Baking Christmas Cookies: 95 Calories Burned
Technically you'll be burning 95 calories if you're standing and walking back and forth to the fridge for an hour, but let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Factor in your mandatory glass of red wine (baking is like a grown-up drinking game! Sip every time you get anxiety thinking about your "five-year plan.") and the fact that "cooking" consists of slicing a roll of dough with a reindeer face on it and placing one slice on the pan followed by one slice in your mouth and you've basically burned four calories. But four is better than none! (Maybe try these holiday cookies under 90 calories?)
Ice Skating: 381 Calories Burned
An hour of ice skating burns a whopping 381 calories! That's totally legit. But let's be honest—who actually goes ice-skating? It's like the Soul Cycle of Super Lame Holiday Crap you do for Instagram! #candid #TaraLipinski #FeStiViTiEs And if you do, try and tell us you can skate faster than five miles per hour. That's not burning 381 calories. Trust.
Doing Chores For Your Parents: 147 Calories Burned
"Honey, would you mind...." Yes, mom, I would mind, actually. I'd much prefer sitting exactly where I am (the couch), doing exactly what I'm doing (nothing), wearing exactly what I'm wearing (sweatpants). Hey, we've all been there. Just go upstairs, turn on the vacuum for deceiving background noise and continue reading about your favorite celebrity couple in peace, while your mom assumes you're getting the house in tip-top shape.
Avoiding Questions About Your Relationship Status: 337 Calories
Nothing burns fat faster than avoiding uncomfortable questions from your family! "What's that, Aunt Lisa? You're wondering when I'm finally going to settle down and get a real job? Please excuse me, I have to go grab Mom another glass of wine. Oh! Hi, Uncle Richard! No, I'm not still dating Tommy, but I do need to go check out whatever that weird noise in the garage was! Oops, sorry to interrupt your secret cigarette break, Aunt Cath, I'll just be in the basement getting some gifts together." In an hour of running around avoiding the shit out of everyone, you've burned 337 calories. You go, Glenn Coco. (Here, we've got 3-Ingredient Holiday Cocktail Hacks. You're gonna need 'em.)
For the rest of the story check out How Many Calories Do You Burn During the Holiday Season? on Shape.com!