How Long it Takes to Burn Off Your Favourite Food


Summer barbecue season is upon us... Since we've all been working so hard to get ready for the sun, we wanted to lend you all a hand. Here are 16 of the best, most common BBQ foods, how many calories they contain, and how long it will take to work them off with common summer activities!

  1. Barbecue Spare Ribs – 650 CaloriesTo burn off the calories obtained by eating five medium spare ribs, you will need to ride a bike for 90 minutes, with an average speed of about 10 to 12 miles per hour.  And that's only 5 ribs!!! Get pedaling
  2. Cheese Burger – 700 Calories: Cheese, bacon, ketchup, mayonnaise, etc. A 6-ounce burger with a bun and all the toppings can be around 700 calories. Try something new and pick up a badminton racket and get going... for nearly 133 minutes (!!!)
  3. Turkey Burger With Bun – 300 Calories: A healthier (and delicious) alternative to beef, is turkey. Turkey contains 180 calories, while the bun contains 120 calories. This one is easy and fun, just hit up your local mini gold course for 85 minutes and you're home free!
  4. Chicken Wings – 242 Calories: One little drumstick with barbecue sauce packs about 242 calories. To burn that off? You'd need to swim more than 34 minutes! Don't worry, splashing around will work just fine.
  5. Barbecue Chicken Breast – 253 Calories: One chicken breast slathered in barbecue sauce comes in at more than 250 calories. Head over to the lake and canoe for around an hour to burn it off.
  6. Veggie Burger With Bun – 240 Calories: Just because they don't contain meat doesn't mean veggie burgers don't contain calories. Grab your tennis racket, and in 30 minutes, you're done..
  7. Pasta Salad – 680 Calories: One cup of pasta salad contain more calories than two turkey burgers. Since it's summer, you can hop in the pool and practice your water aerobics. But to burn off those 680 calories, you'll need to engage in the aquatic calisthenics for 145 minutes... 
  8. Coleslaw – 350 Calories: A serving of coleslaw can contain more calories than your main course. Burn off the side dish with after BBQ clean up, such as mowing the lawn. One hour of chores could be all it takes!
  9. Potato Salad – 325 Calories: A combo of potatoes, eggs and mayonnaise easily adds up. Since you're already at a barbecue, burn while you grill (and we don't mean the meat). Grill for 100 minutes to burn off the calories gained from eating one cup of potato salad.
  10. Hot Dog with Bun – 366 Calories: Hot dogs and hamburgers go hand-in-hand. A 2-ounce, all beef hot dog contains 150 calories, and a bun contains another 120 calories. Add relish (30 calories), mustard (6 calories) and chili (60 calories) and all of a sudden we're over 350 calories. Head to the gold course for 90 minutes and use the cart... You'll need it!
  11. Potato Chips – 300 Calories: Two handfuls of potato chips contain the same amount of calories as a hot dog. Grab some friends and a rope, and double dutch for 32 minutes... Is it really worth it?!
  12. Corn on the Cob - 90 Calories: One cob of grilled sweet corn contains about 90 calories. Just run down to the river and grab a kayak, and paddle for a little over 15 minutes and you're done!
  13. Two Beers – 300 Calories: Barbecues often have beer (obviously), and beer is loaded with calories. Once you sober up, head down to the water and hop in a sailboat. Sailing for about 85 minutes will have those calories flying off!
  14. Pina Colada – 347 Calories: Prefer a Pina Colada (or any other seasonal beverage)? One 8-ounce drink however contains more than 400 calories. That could require some serious exercise, like water skiing... for at least 1 hour... Per cocktail!
  15. Lemonade – 100 Calories: What's more refreshing on a hot summer day (besides water)? Each glass has around 100 calories (not including the sugar). You'd need to body surf for about 30 minutes to burn off just one glass.
  16. Watermelon Slice – 90 Calories: Even watermelon contains a lot of calories. However, 15 minutes of hopscotch can burn it off easily.