Best ways to work off your Christmas dinner and drinks

Worried about overdoing it this Christmas? Experts reveal the best exercises you can do to digest your festive party

  • It’s easy to indulge at this time of year, with heavy meals and lots of boozy drinks
  • However, experts have now revealed the best exercises for burning plates
  • Fitness professional Haylene Ryan-Causer shares her work for a variety of meals
  • Read more: Why women should exercise in the morning, study

Answer: The last thing you probably feel like that is if you have overdone the mince pie and cheese board go.

After the big Christmas feast you can be left feeling less than jolly, especially when you know that the average person has to go for close to 12-hour walk on Boxing Day to burn off the excess.

Last year, MailOnline found that a hiking about 50 miles will eliminate the 3,475 calories contributed by the turkey and all the trimmings..

However, health expert Haylene Ryan-Causer has revealed some simple exercises to help you get back into exercise after Christmas dinner.

Fitness professional Haylene Ryan-Causer told FEMAIL a range of at-home exercises you can use to burn the right calories from all your festive tipples.

Fitness professional Haylene Ryan-Causer told FEMAIL a range of at-home exercises you can use to burn the right calories from all your festive tipples.

Fitness professionals, sprinters and Olympic weightlifters have devised some exercises to burn the right calories from all our favorite tipples.

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From sipping champagne or eggnog to tucking into pigs in a blanket and mince pies, Haylene has you covered.


Corks will be popping up all over the country this festive season.

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  • Roast turkey (149 calories)
  • Baked Potatoes (127 calories)
  • Stuffing (231 calories)
  • Bread Sauce (42 calories)
  • Roasted Parsnips (102 calories)
  • Boiled carrots (14 calories)
  • Boiled Brussels sprouts (32 calories)
  • Gravy (17 calories)
  • Cranberry Sauce (45 calories)
  • Pork Sausage (62 calories)
  • Bacon (135 calories)

Here Haylene reveals the full workout you need to burn off the calories you consumed at Christmas dinner.

  • Run 5 km
  • Kettlebell complex – three rounds

20 swings

20 goblet squats

20 suitcase lunges

20 split press

  • Dumbbell complex – three rounds

10 builders

10 Romanian deadlifts

10 overhead press

= 900 Calories

And whether you’re enjoying a bottle of bubbly with friends, or top up your glasses on Christmas morning with your family, it can feel very easy to drink a little too much.

Haylene explains how there are a number of exercises that can be completed in just 10 minutes to burn off the calories consumed in the fizz.

Calorie: 80

Training time: 10 minutes

How many rounds? Two

  • Walk in place
  • Air squats
  • Walk in place
  • Glute bridge
  • Walk in place
  • Mountaineer
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Pigs in blankets can be considered important to many British families during the holidays.

But six servings of the Christmassy treat can contain 150 calories.

Three rounds of 30 second exercises will leave you feeling stretched and limber after a snack.

Among the exercises Haylene recommends are crunches and burpees to work your core.

Calorie: 150

Training time: 30 seconds

How many rounds? three

  • The sole of the V foot is up
  • Alternate crunches
  • Board Jacks
  • Mountaineer
  • Half burpees – no press ups


The smell of a warm pot of mulled wine will be enough to get anyone into the festive spirit.

But one glass of drink can contain 210 calories.

Haylene’s recommended exercise for a glass of wine involves going outside to find the stairs.

Calorie: 210

Training time: 20 minutes

How many rounds? one

  • 5 Walk up and down about 20 steps
  • 10 Squats
  • 5 Run up and down
  • 10 Squats
  • 5 Run up and down
  • 10 Squats

After walking up and down the stairs, Haylene recommends using just one step to complete the circuit.

  • 20 Up and down on each side
  • 20 The calf sprang up on the floor
  • 20 Up and down on each side
  • 20 The calf sprang up on the floor
  • 20 Up and down on each side
  • 20 The calf sprang up on the floor


Perhaps the most traditional of celebrations, finding mince pies can be a challenge for many Brits across the country.

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That’s why FEMAIL conducts a taste test every year to determine which supermarket chains offer the best snacks.

But after enjoying a mince pie, or maybe two or three, Haylene suggests a quick workout to get you lighter.

Calorie: 220

Training time: 20 minutes

How many rounds? one

  • Knee high
  • Squats
  • Knee high
  • Alternate reverse lunges
  • Knee high
  • Press up
  • Knee high
  • Mountaineer


Eggnog, which is a boozy milk drink, is the perfect Christmas drink for a cold evening.

And Haylene says a simple workout can be done in 30 minutes to kick the booze.

Calorie: 340

Training time: 30 minutes

How many rounds? three

  • 5 Burpees
  • 10 Jump squats
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 20 Sumo squats
  • 25 Jumping jacks
  • 30 crackers
  • 25 Jumping jacks
  • 20 Sumo squats
  • 15 Press up
  • 10 Jump squats
  • 5 Burpees

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