Watching the Super Bowl is basically as American as celebrating Thanksgiving -- and we eat nearly as much. That's right, Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Turkey Day when it comes to stuffing ourselves silly.
In fact, the average Super Bowl fan will eat 1,200 calories during the game, according to the Calorie Control Council. While that's still well under the estimated 1,600 to 2,400 that women need and 2,000 to 3,000 that men need in an entire day, it's important to take into consideration where exactly these calories are coming from.
And it's not great news. It's all about the snacks on Super Bowl Sunday. Thirty million pounds of 'em, to be exact. Americans will eat 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips and 4.3 million pounds of pretzels, according to the Calorie Control Council. Plus, we'll consume 1.23 billion chicken wings (12.3 million fewer than last year, though, according to Business News Daily), 111 million gallons of beer and 4.4 million pizzas, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Yes, it's only once a year, assuming you don't make a habit out of Sunday night dinners consisting of nachos and wings. But 1,200 is still not a small number. To put that in perpective, we've crunched the numbers on how much exercise it would take a 150-pound person could burn off their Super Bowl snacks, like seven hours of yoga or a three-hour hike. (Of course, your personal calorie burn will vary with intensity, body composition and weight.) It also goes without saying that you should use discretion before attempting the great Nacho-Work-Off of 2013. While some of these sound like reasonable fun -- who doesn't love a long hike? -- others are a little outlandish (think: seven hours of Pilates).
Get inspired by the big game itself and gather some friends together for some flag football. A two-hour-long game will <a href="http://www.myfitnesspal.com/exercise/lookup">knock out about 1,200 calories</a>.
Take A Walk
Walking at a moderate pace is a great way to get some low-impact exercise. But it'll take nearly 5 hours to burn 1,200 calories this way.
Hit The Slopes
Have a upcoming ski trip planned? You can burn off your Super Bowl snacks with about three and a half hours of casual downhill skiing.
Do A Little Dancing
Hitting the dance floor is a fun way to burn calories, but it would take you nearly four hours to burn 1,200 calories.
Go For A Jog
A respectable six-miles-per-hour pace -- a 10-minute mile -- will burn 1,200 calories in a little less than two hours.
Train On The Elliptical
Sweating it out on the elliptical will burn 1,200 calories in two hours.
This core-focused workout strengthens muscles and burns calories, but you'd need to practice for seven hours to drop those Super Bowl calories.
Some light lap swimming will burn serious calories, but it will still take two and a half hours to break even after Super Bowl Sunday
Go For A Spin
You'd have to cycle for two and a half hours to knock out 1,200 calories.
Try Snow Shoes
This fun and festive way to to enjoy the outdoors will squash 1,200 calories in just over two hours.
Hit The (Yoga) Mat
It will take a whopping seven hours of yoga to shave off 1,200 calories.
Take A Hike
A casual, three-hour hike will shave off those Super Bowl calories.
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