That’s a lot of ex­er­cise

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

With the Su­per Bowl loom­ing on Feb. 7, Out­liers is hop­ing you have your party prepa­ra­tions well un­der way. And if you (or any of your foot­ball-loving friends) have em­barked on di­ets for the new year, the folks over at have some eye-open­ing statis­tics you might want to con­sider when plan­ning your menu.

That tor­tilla chip with re­fried bean dip? You’d have to dance to the Who’s half­time show for 8½ min­utes to burn it off. (Per­son­ally, Out­liers likes the Who, so that wouldn’t be a prob­lem.)

Take a few bites of a Reuben sand­wich? That would re­quire per­form­ing in a march­ing band for 48 min­utes. And six White Cas­tle slid­ers? You’d have to run the length of 129 foot­ball fields, which doesn’t sound like much fun to us. If you’re not up for that, two hand­fuls of po­tato chips would only re­quire run­ning the length of 45 foot­ball fields.

Per­haps even more dis­taste­ful, ex­er­cise­wise, is the 322 min­utes of clean­ing the sta­dium it would re­quire to burn off all the calo­ries from a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Hubby Hubby ice cream. And if you want to do the “wave” 6,389 times, con­sider chow­ing down on six loaded po­tato skins from T.G.I. Fri­day’s. Those cal­cu­la­tions are cour­tesy of the site’s founder, Charles Stu­art Platkin, who in­stead wants us to con­sider more healthy al­ter­na­tives: mak­ing home­made pita chips, mak­ing your own po­tato skins (and skip­ping the deep-fry­ing), choos­ing low-fat ice creams or frozen yo­gurts, or try­ing baked tor­tilla chips with salsa.

For some rea­son, Platkin doesn’t go into how much ex­er­cise it would take to make up for the beers tra­di­tion­ally quaffed dur­ing the big game. But we trust you’ll use mod­er­a­tion.

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