Best ways to work off your Christmas dinner and drinks

Worried about overdoing it this Christmas? Expert reveals the best exercises you can do to help digest your festive feast

  • 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 to do to burn off dishes 
  • Fitness professional Haylene Ryan-Causer shared work outs for various meals
  • Read more: Why women should work-out in the morning, study reveals 

The last thing you probably feel like doing once you’ve overdone it on the mince pies and cheese board is move. 

After a huge Christmas feast you can be left feeling less than jolly, especially when you learn that the average person would have to go for close to a 12-hour walk on Boxing Day to burn off the excesses. 

Last year, MailOnline found that a hike of about 50 miles would oust the gut-busting 3,475 calories contributed by turkey and all the trimmings.

However, wellbeing expert Haylene Ryan-Causer has revealed a few easy workouts to help ease you back into exercise following Christmas dinner.

Fitness professional Haylene Ryan-Causer told FEMAIL a number of different at home exercises which can be used to burn off the exact calories of all your festive tipples 

The fitness professional, sprinter and Olympic weightlifter has devised a number of workouts to burn off the exact calories of all our favourite festive tipples.

From sipping on champagne or eggnog to tucking into pigs in blankets and mince pies, Haylene has got you covered.


Corks will be popping across the country this festive season. 

FEMAIL reveals how much does it take to work off the ENTIRE Christmas feast

  • Roast turkey (149 calories)
  • Roast potatoes (127 calories)
  • Stuffing (231 calories)
  • Bread sauce (42 calories)
  • Roast 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 revealed the full workout necessary to burn off the calories consumed in a Christmas dinner. 

  • A 5km Run 
  • Kettlebell complex – three rounds 

20 swings

20 goblet squats

20 suitcase lunges

20 split press

  • Dumbbell complex – three rounds 

10 manmakers

10 romanian deadlifts

10 overhead press

= 900 Calories

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

Haylene explained how there are a number of exercises which can be completed in just 10 minutes in order to shed the calories consumed in the fizz.

Calories: 80

Workout time: 10 minutes

How many rounds? Two  

  • Running on the spot
  • Air squats
  • Running on the spot
  • Glute bridges
  • Running on the spot
  • Mountain climbers


Pig in blankets may be considered an essential to many British families during their festive feast.

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

Three rounds of 30 second exercises will leave you feeling stretched and limber following the snacks. 

Among the workouts suggested by Haylene are crunches and burpees to work out your core. 

Calories: 150 

Workout time: 30 seconds 

How many rounds? Three  

  • Single leg V ups
  • Alternate crunches
  • Plank Jacks
  • Mountain climbers
  • Half burpees – no press up


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

However one glass of the drink can contain 210 calories.

The workout suggested by Haylene to exercise off a glass of wine requires heading outside to find some stairs. 

Calories: 210 

Workout time: 20 minutes  

How many rounds? One 

  • 5 Runs up and walk down approximately 20 stairs 
  • 10 Squats
  • 5 Runs up and walk down
  • 10 Squats
  • 5 Runs up and walk down
  • 10 Squats

After running up and down the stairs, Haylene suggests using just one step in order to complete the circuit. 

  • 20 Up and downs on each side
  • 20 Calf raises on the floor
  • 20 Up and downs on each side
  • 20 Calf raises on the floor
  • 20 Up and downs on each side
  • 20 Calf raises on the floor


Perhaps the most traditional of festive treats, finding the mince pie can be a challenge for many Brits across the country. 

That’s why FEMAIL does a taste test every year to determine which of the supermarket chains is offering up the best snack.

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

Calories: 220

Workout time: 20 minutes  

How many rounds? One 

  • High knees
  • Squats
  • High knees
  • Alternate reverse lunges
  • High knees
  • Press ups
  • High knees
  • Mountain climbers


Eggnog, which is a kind of boozy milk drink, is the perfect Christmassy drink for those chilly evenings in.

And Haylene revealed a simple workout could be completed in 30 minutes to work off the boozy beverage.

Calories: 340 

Workout time: 30 minutes  

How many rounds? Three 

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

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