How to Reduce Your Sugar Cookie

Sugar Cookie Run Off

This time of year, it’s practically impossible to resist every sweet temptation. My personal weakness is sugar cookies. They practically grab me and force my lips around them. What’s more, it’s the holidays! I think I deserve a cookie or two (just not a cookie or 20).

That said, I also know myself well enough to understand that I will inevitably feel guilty later and start to search for an effective aerobic workout to burn those calories off.

This little cheat sheet will tell you approximately how much guilt you should be experiencing. It’s based on a weight of about 150 lbs.

Food vs. Aerobic Activity Cheat Sheet

Beef tenderloin, 1 oz.68Stationary bike, moderate8
Candy, soft center chocolate, 2 pcs170Step aerobics, low impact20
Candy cane, .5 oz.55Ski machine5
Champagne, 4 oz.78Stair step machine11
Cheese, 1” cube69Circuit training7
Cinnamon bun, frosted 2.3 oz.262Running, 10 min mile22
Coffee cake, 4 oz.440Jumping rope37
Cracker, 120Swimming3
Eggnog, 1 cup210Walk, 15 min mile39
Gingerbread man147Line dancing30
Holiday ale, 12 fl. Oz.164Ice skating20
Mashed potatoes, 1 cup237Skiing, downhill33
Mimosa (3 oz. OJ, 1 oz. bubbly)130Circuit training15
Plum Pudding, 3.5 oz.260Basketball, game27
Pork (3 oz) and kraut (1.1 oz.)209Step aerobics, high impact13
Sugar cookie with icing156Washing dishes70
Wine, mulled, 3.4 oz.118Running, 8 min mile8


What do you think . . . is it worth it? I don’t know about you, but I’ll enjoy both the cookie and the exercise – at least during the holidays.



USDA National Nutrient Database

Spangler Candy

Calorie King