Christmas Calorie Challenge | Can You ‘Exercise Off’ Xmas Dinner?

Christmas Calorie Challenge | Can You ‘Exercise Off’ Xmas Dinner?

February 28, 2020 67 By Ewald Bahringer


– Well Happy Christmas
guys, enjoy the feast. – You too. – You too and we have a spread here. We’ve got turkey,
potatoes, pigs in blankets. Brussels sprouts, carrots,
but we have come here with a bit of a plan today. – Yeah we do know it is
pretty hard to keep portions under control at
Christmastime, but to be honest rather than counting
calories it’s probably better if we just dig in and enjoy
food and drink, right? – I’m all up for that, but I
hate to break it to you guys and I hate to break it to
you at home, and I don’t want to put you off your
Christmas meal, but if you go for the full works, so if
you have a starter nibbles, some drinks, your main for
your turkey then you maybe have Christmas pudding, cheese
and biscuits and a few more drinks which is kind of quite
traditional here in the UK at least, well that equates
to just over 5,000 calories. (groaning)
Which is crazy, yes. But realistically, I think
what we’ve got here including maybe our drink is around 2,200 calories. – Well 2,200 calories, how
long is that going to take to burn off, well Heather
had a rather ridiculous idea, that we would each
– Sorry guys, sorry. – head off and try and burn
off those 2,200 calories individually with our own plan
as fast as we possibly can. – Yeah so on that note,
tomorrow after we’ve enjoyed everything we’ve got here,
we’re going to go away with our own filmmaker each
and without each other knowing we’re going to come up with an idea that will burn these
calories as quick as we can, and crucially faster
than the other ones here. So on that note, good luck guys. – Yeah good luck guys, cheers.
– Cheers. – Now yesterday the three
of us managed to gobble down a fairly tasty Christmas
lunch and the theory being now that we’re going to burn
off all of those calories and we’ve opted for a value
of about 2,200 calories that we consumed yesterday
so today I have decided to try and run those calories
off because in all honesty every Christmas, that’s pretty
much what I do on Boxing Day the day after Christmas Day so here now I’m all layered up, now I
don’t know if you guys remember the thousand calorie challenge
we did earlier in the year. Well I put on loads of
layers then, in an attempt to burn off the calories as much as I can. Well, I’ve gone for a
slightly watered down version of that today I’ve got a few layers on. Got hat, I’ve got some long trousers on and I’m hoping if I run fairly
hard for a period of time and I’m guessing at least
two hours 15, maybe even two and a half hours it’s
going to take me to get through over 2,000 calories, not quite sure. We’ll find out soon enough,
I’ve got my watch to track it. And basically all that’s left to do now is for me to get going, so here we go. My route takes me around the
Mendip Hills, not too far from Bath, it’s pretty much
a 10K circuit taking in rolling farmland and
classic British weather. I’m confident that
getting through a few laps of this course will burn off
all of that Christmas dinner that we ate yesterday. (Mark groaning and huffing) – Bloody hell, what have I done? Eyes bigger than my stomach. – All righty I have a plan
and you might be wondering why the fire is lit and sadly
I’m not just going to lie here and enjoy the heat, but
I’m going to do some work so I’ve moved my bike a
lot closer to the fire. I’m going to ramp up the beat
and I’m hoping that means we’re going to need to
do less time on the bike for more calories. But I am aware that my
legs are quite tired and I probably can’t sit on
my bike for that much longer. So in between that, I am going
to head outside for a bit of fresh air whilst keeping
warm, so I’m going to put lots of layers on, go for
a run, do a few hill reps there’s a big hill just outside of here. And then when I get bored of
that, or I get a little bit too chilly, I’m going to
come back in and heat up and get back on Zwift and
really get things going and at the end of the day,
if I’m still struggling I can always just maybe sit by the fire and put more clothes on, but
we’ll see, I’m going to have a little bit of an experiment,
but I’m hoping that heat is going to be my friend today. – Now I’ll be honest, we we
opted to do this challenge, I always wanted to do
outdoors for my calorie burn because I just mind for country outdoors even in the winter when
it’s muddy and wet, cold because riding and running
indoors has never really been something that excites me,
it is worth being out here in this, absolutely. What are you looking at, Heather and Mark? A wall? A mirror? Hah, not like this. – Right if I must do this,
I’m going to have to think outside the box on this one, now I know from a bit of research
that we’ve done on GTM that running is probably the
best and the quickest way of burning calories, but I’ll be honest I just don’t fancy running,
I haven’t done a whole lot since Norseman, cycling a
little bit more appealing. But how can I get some
more calories burned? Well, I have done a bit of rooting around. See, cold exposure, that burns calories. Going to struggle with that, here. But I have got a fan at the ready. Drinking cold water, well
I’ve already prepared some ice cold water, so I’ll
be drinking that throughout. Chewing gum, well I can do
that, got a load of that here. Fidgeting, I do that anyway. Laughing often, I’m going to
be switching between Zwift and a bit of comedy on my laptop. And just to keep things
moving, got some weight so I can just keep the arms moving, burn a few extra calories. I also don’t fancy sitting
on a bike for hours on end. So I’ll be jumping off, well
I need to keep the calories burning, so I’ve got a
skipping rope and some shoes ready to do that. Okay, I guess I best get going. (Christmasy rock music) (heavy breathing) – Just negotiating the
country traffic, here. – [Heather] This isn’t fun – Right, just an hour into break up again Let’s go for a little skip. (jump rope whirling)
(rock music) – We’re going to, well
actually I’m not but right now if you’re asking me, no
more Christmas dinners. I’d rather not have Christmas
dinner and sit on the sofa. I know, it’s crazy what you
can eat in half an hour. (breathing heavily) And what you have to do every time and so far I’ve done 200 calories on this and I’m dead. (heavy breathing) This is ridiculous. (heavy rock music) – This is a long way, isn’t it? – [Cameraman] Do you
think the Christmas dinner was worth the calories? – (laughing) Do I think Christmas dinner is worth the calories? If that Christmas dinner has
got pigs in blankets, 100%. Without the pigs in blankets, debatable. (heavy rock music) – There is a little village shop here with Jordan Allen along and I
might actually like to stop in and get a Coke or some food. But not today, I need to
burn calories, not eat them. (heavy rock music) – Basically 36 calories a rep. That’s a lot of reps. – Keeping my heart rate in the 160s. Sounds quite high, but I
know for me I can do that for a long period of time. I’m limiting it, making
sure I don’t go over 170. Happy in the 150s too, so that’s my range. (laughing exhaustedly) Oh dear. – This is like a blind
competition because I have no idea what the boys are doing, but
I know the end is in sight. My legs are burning and
I’m getting hungry already. I’ve just got another 200
plus calories and I’m done. (heavy rock music) – Although I’m popping
outside every now and then, the thought of spending
this entire duration in the wind and rain isn’t
something I’m too keen on. But, I’m sure there’s
someone who will be thriving in this environment. – More brilliant scenery in this loop. I know I keep saying it, Mark and Heather, but what are you guys looking at? I’m well over 21K now. Yeah, getting on for 22K. One hour 38 minutes or so. There’s still another probably
another 35, 40 minutes of running to go to burn
these pesky calories. – Yeah I’m pretty close
now, but I’d like to say “Yeah, go dig in.” What am I going to do? I just got to keep goin’, my heart rate is staying fairly good. To be honest I’m feeling very dizzy. Just need to get through
now pretty much 100 calories to go now. (heavy breathing) – 140 to go. (heavy breathing) – Oh I’m crampin’ Clearly not enough electrolytes
in my Christmas dinner. (jump rope whirling) – I’m just about approaching
2,000, so I’ve broken the back of this thing, nearly there,
last couple 100 to go. Which is fine, another
two or three K I think. – It’s just calories, right? It’s dripping off me. – Christmas meal was totally worth it. How long then? What better can you ask for the day after a big Christmas lunch? (dramatic, pounding music) – Come on, come on. Come on, keep on going – Two, one, – Come on!
– Two, one, there we go. – Well guys, I am
seriously glad that’s over. I don’t know how you found it,
but I found it pretty tough. – That was really hard,
I’m intrigued to know what you guys did, come on now. – I’m desperate to know, Fraser. I know you went to– – I’m still warming up
from my wet run though. – So what did you do, anything? – You’ve got to tell us now, come on. – I essentially thought
what was the quickest way. Personally I can burn it running. As far as I’m concerned, got to run. – I probably agree with you, actually. – I mean to be fair, ideally running hard, but there was no way I
was going to manage to run hard enough for long
enough to be able to burn 2,200 so I thought I’m just
going to run a good pace for as long as I can, fair old track. How about you guys? – Go on.
– Well I went indoors. I mean, I had just came
back from being abroad. I hate the outside, as you guys know. Although I did mix it up, because I’ve got a bit of that problem that
I knew I wasn’t that fit. So couldn’t run as far as you
so I thought I’d mix it up between bike and run,
so I did some indoors where I was trying to get
really hot and sweaty, did a little bit outside
did some hill reps because I thought– – Running, or? – Running hill reps, yeah.
– Okay. – Then I just finished off
because I got bored of getting cold and wet and finished off on the turbo like casually got the
last few hundred calories. So really mix it up but
sweated a lot, as well. And I felt it the day after. But what about you? – I think we’re on a
similar wavelength actually because I think we’re not
quite as fit as Fraser at the moment, so we decided
we’ll just go indoors. But I thought I’d think
outside the box a little bit. So I researched on things, or ways that
– You researched, oh. (laughs) I can already tell.
– Ways that you can burn calories without actually
exercising, so things like cold exposure, drinking
cold water, chewing gum. – Oh my.
– Just fidgeting, laughing, so – Fidgeting.
– Did you go to a comedy show, and sit there drinking
cold water and chewing gum? – Hang on, well what I did was
I was on the turbo basically doing lots of exercise, chewing
gum, fidgeting, laughing, watching comedy, I was doing everything and anything possible. – I can’t wait to see this. – And because I just couldn’t
face sitting on the turbo for that long, I jumped off and
started skipping in between. So go outside in the cold,
skip away, jump back on. So yeah, that was how I did it. – Well I definitely was
sticking well it was similar, but I stayed away from the cold and just sweated with the fire. But I think we need to
actually find out who burned the 2,200 the quickest. – Come on then, we’ve got the
results coming in here now. – Let’s have a look, oh. – Thank you. – Okie doke. – Oh my.
– Are we ready? – Opening on–
– Right are we going to just– – So this is how long it took each of us– – To burn 2000–
– Should we just show it to the camera? – 2,200 calories. – Ready steady
– Steady. – Go.
– Go. – 2 hours. – 2, 25 uh oh. – Oh we were close! – 2, 20 oh my God oh!
– You beat me! – How long did you take? – I was way slow, I
thought I had beaten… – You’re dead on Mark. – Only two hours 20! – To be fair, Heather, I did say – Yes I know.
– That women do take a little bit longer to burn calories, but you were adamant that
you must have 2,000– – I wouldn’t have eaten as
many calories as you guys so I felt like I had to burn as many. – I’m impressed, Mark.
– I am too, I mean. – That’s a lot of fidgeting. – Well done, guys. – Yep, well done.
– Well done, chaps. – Well done, well done.
– Yeah, it did work. – That was awesome, I don’t
like losing these challenges. As you do know, but
that was really good fun – Well, sort of.
– also very hard work. If you enjoyed it, hit
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and Mark didn’t win that one. That’s just down here. – Yeah and if you want to see
a challenge that those two did against each other in
Lanzarote, it’s a pretty good one. You can see that here.