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Dinner Timings: How many of these exercises can you sneak in during Christmas dinner prep?

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Posted by Cags R under Fitness & Training, Nutrition on 23 December 2013 at 12:00 AM

Find yourself in the kitchen on Christmas Day when really you'd rather be having a little workout session? Well, why not combine both! Check out our dinner timing with a twist...

So, you find yourself feeding 8 people on Christmas Day, while the rest of the team are sat around in the living room, that leaves you with a 5kg (11lb) turkey (well, you gotta have some leftovers) and around 3 hours 40 minutes of cooking time.

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But how are you going to make the most of your time in the kitchen.

Did you know... the time to cook and rest an 11lb turkey is the same as the qualifying time required to run the Boston Marathon for women aged 35-39 - how would you rather spend the time?!

So, now that your turkey's in the oven, there's actually around 2 hours to kick back, open presents and spend a little time with the family...OR if you're a crack-of-dawn cook, why not join the Christmas Day Runners Tribe and get out for a quick paced run to start your day!

What's next?

Well, it's time to start on the trimmings - peel the potatoes, parsnips and carrots. How are we going to make peeling a little more challenging? For every root vegetable you peel, it'll be 1 push-up.

Whether you mash or roast your potatoes, they're always firm favorites - if you're a masher then you know you can work those triceps with some mega-mashing!

Love 'em or hate 'em but brussel sprouts are a must on the Christmas dinner table - our best tip: flash boil the sprouts for one minute and dunk in cold water to stop the cooking process and keep them crunchy. But while you're waiting for the 1 minute for the sprouts to boil, do a 1 minute wall squat!

The turkey needs a basting and the ham is ready to go in the oven - with 50 minutes of cooking time remaining, everything will be getting a little more manic, you have 20 minutes before that turkey's coming out of the oven. Think you can sneak away? Why not spend just 10 minutes stretching out and destressing. See if you can sneak away for 10 minutes and take some time on the yoga mat.

Dinner time - time to put on your eating pants, lay the table and tuck in.

Happy holidays! Make sure you enjoy every bite!

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