How long it actually takes to burn off a donut, pizza or burger

Most people have little idea how much exercise it actually takes to burn off the calories in some of our favourite food, according to a new report.

The majority think it takes as little as 15 minutes cycling to get rid of the 452 calories in an average doughnut – but the true figure is 40 minutes, almost three times as long.

And they think it takes as little as 60 minutes to work off a medium Dominos pepperoni pizza, whereas that has a whopping 2,478 calories and actually takes over 3 hours on the bike to work off, according to a study of 2,000 adults for Intelligent Cycling immersive training software.

Even a seemingly innocent Caesar salad that the majority thought could be worked off in 16-20 minutes, actually takes 43 minutes of pedalling.

FoodCaloriesPeople think it takesActual time
Medium Dominos 2478 90mins 221mins
Battered Mars Bar 1200 90mins 107mins
Big Mac 550 90mins 49mins
Cesar Salad 481 18mins 43mins
Doughnut 452 25mins 40mins
BLT Sandwich 338 90mins 30mins
Greggs Sausage Roll 317 90mins 28mins
Large Costa Latte 274 13mins 24mins
Banana 89 7mins 8mins
100g of Celery 18 2mins 2mins

It’s not just exercise where knowledge lacks but diet too. A third have said that they keep track of some nutrition in their diet but guessed the rest, while 31% ate ‘green things’ and fruit knowing they are healthy but without knowing any nutritional benefits.

One in three people say that they have cheat days all the time and 58% say that they struggle to keep track of what is healthy and what isn’t.

When it comes to age, younger Brits are more likely to be healthy, with 61% saying that they are strict with their diets. 33% of 18-34’s keep a strict track of all nutrients in their food and know what they are eating in contrast to the 9% of 44-55’s who think the same.

It also seems that the UK is a nation of fine weather exercisers with 25% admitting to waiting for bad weather to pass before heading out to exercise, whilst 1 in 5 would abandon activity altogether in favour of staying dry.

With gyms having been closed most of the summer it seems Brits are in no rush to return.

40% of the nation haven’t been going to the gym as much as they had expected since the gyms reopened and 1 in 5 people do not plan to go back, with 46% saying that this is due to COVID concerns, and 31% more focussed on saving cash and working out from home.

Intelligent Cycling CEO and Founder Brian Overkær said: “There seems to be a lack of awareness around exercise and diet. While a lot of us are doing less at the moment, exercise is more important than ever before, to ensure that we are keeping healthy both physically and mentally. We hope that software like our own will help to motivate those who aren’t already exercising, make it more interesting and offer a sense of release.”

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