With just hours to go until Christmas, festive spirit is alive and well. Twinkling lights, present buying and, of course, all of those Christmas drinks. Yes, it certainly is the time to be merry. But beware; it can also turn into a time to pile on the pounds.
As well as tucking into yummy canapés, big lunches and tons of chocolate, we also up our calorie intake with increased alcohol consumption this time of year. In fact, Cancer Research UK has found that people drink nearly 4,000 calories in the lead up to Christmas. For women, whose recommended daily calorie ingestion is 2,000, that's an awful lot of extra weight.
When you break down the calorie content of some of your favourite tipples, it's easy to see why a big evening soon adds up. A large glass of white wine typically carries 185 calories, while an alcopop has 237. For cocktail lovers these numbers get even higher, with an exotic Piña Colada containing an eye-watering 644. That's the same as a Big Mac, and you wouldn't eat those continuously on a night out would you?
We're not saying abstain from alcohol this yuletide, but how about upping your exercise as well as your boozing? We check out the best calorie-burning classes.
The Latin dance craze is one of the most popular exercise classes out there, and participants can burn between 310 to 465 calories an hour. Dancing to music isn't just for the club you know, so grab a friend and get shaking.
Spinning is loved by gym bunnies the world over, and it's no surprise as spinners can get rid of up to 715 calories in just 45 minutes. For bike riders it's a great winter alterative to riding outside in the cold, and fitness lovers are also big fans because of the amazing results achieved.
Not only will this get your heart pumping and your body sweating, but you'll also soon see weight drop off and muscles become more toned. Up to 650 calories can be burned in the space of a 60-minute class, and it's also a great way to work out some frustration.
If you fancy something a little gentler, go for yoga. A great way to both exercise your body and your mind, and between 160 to 318 calories can be burned.
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