How many steps will it take to walk off Thanksgiving dinner? Start walking

Deanna Watson
Lafayette Journal & Courier

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — If you indulge in all the favorite dishes featured at a Thanksgiving feast, you might consider adding an afternoon walk to the agenda.

A rather long walk.

According to KURU Footwear, geared to reduce walking pain related to such ailments as plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, you'd need to walk nearly 80,000 steps to walk off the calories associated with the 10 most popular Thanksgiving Day dishes.

Full Homemade Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey Stuffing Veggies and Potatos

To merely walk off the stuffing, if you only ate the stuffing, you'd need to walk nearly 8,000 steps. That goes for the cranberry/walnut salad, too — 7,801 steps.

A serving of crackers would require nearly 4,000 steps.

Stuffing ranks No. 1 on the list provided by KURU, which used Google Trends to determine the most popular Thanksgiving dishes served in 2021. The company then partnered the average serving size and calorie estimates from the Calorie Control Council to come up with the Top 10.

Thanksgiving dishes that take the most steps to walk off

  1. Stuffing (7,958 steps)
  2. Cranberry/Walnut Salad (7,801 steps)
  3. Pumpkin Pie (7,241 steps)
  4. Sweet Potato Casserole (6,187 steps)
  5. Cheese Ball (5,515 steps)
  6. Mashed Potatoes (5,335 steps)
  7. Cranberry Sauce (4,685 steps)
  8. Roasted Turkey (4,259 steps)
  9. Giblet Gravy (3,990 steps)
  10. Crackers (3,968 steps)

To walk off everything on the Thanksgiving list, KURU stated, it would take 76,397 steps.

The meal accounts for 3,408 calories – 170% more than the recommended daily calorie intake.  

"It’s reasonable (and fun!) to indulge yourself for the holiday," KURU stated in the report, "and if a long nap and some time in front of the TV is your ideal Thanksgiving: We support that!"

But if you want to walk off that Thanksgiving dinner and rate your holiday intake at a net gain, you have a marathon of sorts ahead of you, KURU advises.

"The number of steps in a mile varies by person," KURU stated, "but using an average 2 miles for every 5,000 steps that would be more than 30 miles of walking!"

Deanna Watson is executive editor for the Journal & Courier, The Star Press and the Richmond Palladium-Item. Email her at Follow on Twitter @deannawatson66.