The Ultimate Mardi Gras Workout Guide
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

The Ultimate Mardi Gras Workout Guide

How to burn king cake calories and prep for parades.

The Ultimate Mardi Gras Workout Guide
National Geographic

Mardi Gras is a time for indulgence; after all, the name literally means "Fat Tuesday." But don't go throwing out all your New Year's Resolutions just yet. You want to have your king cake and eat it, too, so use this simple workout guide to turn your Fat Tuesday into Fit Tuesday.

Walk to your favorite bakeries and parades.

Get a little extra cardio in and do some preemptive damage-control by picking up your king cakes on foot. No matter where you are in New Orleans, there's bound to be a great bakery within a 1-mile radius, so take the opportunity to rack up some steps on your Fitbit and reduce your carbon footprint. Plus, walking to parade routes can definitely be quite the workout.

First slice = 10 burpees

Burpees are probably nobody's favorite exercise, but it's undeniably king when it comes to burning calories. Now that you've picked up your king cake and had your first slice, use this full-body-toning move to practice for jumping to catch beads.

Second slice = 20 pushups

Prepare yourself for carrying home a heavy bag full of throws by building some upper body strength. Bonus: if you're careful to keep good form, pushups totally work your abs, too.

Third slice = 30 squats

Ladies, you know you want to look fab at the parades rocking some purple, green, or gold leggings. So show that purple, green, and gold sugar who's boss by squatting it out.

Fourth slice = 40 lunges

See above.

Fifth slice = 50 crunches

Collecting plastic babies doesn't mean you have to build up a food baby, too. Target those abs!

Each additional slice = 100 jumping jacks

We can all get a little carried away where king cake is concerned... If you've gone a bit overboard, get that heart rate up with some jumping jacks, and no one will ever have to know!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

How I Went From Pro-Life To Pro-Choice

"No one can make you do this."


I was raised in a strict, Irish-Catholic family. My parents and grandparents, even though I love them, instilled many beliefs in me that I came to disagree with as I grew older, things like "homosexuality is weird and wrong." I eventually rejected many of these ideas once I began growing into myself, but there was always one belief I let ring true well into my teen years: abortion is the murder of an unborn baby.

Keep Reading... Show less

Trip to The City of Dreams

In a city that never sleeps, with constant bustling and hustling in the streets, my friend and I venture out to see what the "Big Apple" is all about.

Trip to The City of Dreams

There are so many ways for one to describe the beautiful city of New York. It is breathtaking, exciting and alive all in one. Taking a trip here was absolutely the adventure of a lifetime for me and I'm so grateful to have gotten to see all there is to do in the "City of Dreams" with one of my best friends.

Keep Reading... Show less

a God story.


a God story.

many of you have someone in your life you admire the most. a parent, a superhero, a celebrity.

Keep Reading... Show less

God, What's Next?

What you're probably asking yourself during your season of waiting.

God, What's Next?

We spend most of our lives waiting for something. Maybe you're waiting for a job opportunity to open up, or for a professor to email you back because you procrastinated on your assignment, or maybe you're waiting for the next chapter in your life to start. Whatever the case maybe be for you I want to let you know that your season of waiting is not in vain! It may seem like it but your season of waiting is a crucial part in your walk with Christ. You may not have a walk with Christ and I encourage you to be open to starting a relationship with him but even your time of waiting isn't in vain. Waiting is a hard thing to do but it is so worth it in the end. The Bible even tells us this in Ecclesiastes.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments