If you're someone gulping down a can of coke
every time you feel like it, here's some news. Coca-Cola UK has just launched a
new 'Work it Out' calculator that apparently determines the amount of exercise
you may require to burn off the calories you just got in with your standard
330ml coke can. This calculator suggests half an hour of easy to moderate
walking to burn off the calories from a can of coke.
And it doesn't end here. The calculator
determines the time taken to burn off the calories from the drinks of the
company's other brands as well. So now you know that it could take you 18
minutes of zumba class or 73 minutes of ironing to burn off the calories after
consuming a can of Sprite and 16 minutes of aerobics or 20 minutes of moderate
walking to burn off the calories in Fanta orange (98 calories).
Also, it shows that 'healthier' drinks like
Glaceau Vitamin Water Essential would require approximately 13 minutes of
cycling or 19 minutes of vacuuming to be fully used up. For women who dread
household work, music can make it bearable. Play a fast-paced song and clean up
the room, burning calories on the go.
Although the Coca-Cola Company has certainly
faced criticism in the past for addition of carcinogenic food coloring and not
responding to health concerns, it has sure managed to catch the attention of a
major portion of the public, especially diet-conscious people. According to the
calorie-burning chart in the calculator, a can of caffeine free diet coke does
not need any exercising since it contains only 0.5 calories. However, there is
no information on the health impacts of aspartame (sweetener) used in the
Another downside is, it fails to mention the
sugar content in its full-fat products.
The Work it Out calculator was developed by
Coca-Cola in association with with Dr Greg Whyte, the authority on Exercise
Physiology and Sports Performance and Rehabilitation in the UK, 'to highlight
some of the unusual, fun and interesting ways you can achieve energy balance'.
But that said, a can of coke containing around 39g of sugar, which is close to
half of the daily 90g recommended for women, can not exactly be included in the
list of everyday healthy indulgences!
Here are the top 10 ways you can burn off the
calories after downing a can of coke equivalent to 139 calories.
32 minutes of yoga
Walking for 30 minutes
Jogging for 17 minutes
Moving the lawn for 21
A 11-minute game of
70 minutes of
A game of table tennis
for 34 minutes
Climbing the stairs
for 19 minutes
Ballroom dancing for
Spinning class for 19 minutes