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Burn it to Earn it


You say soda, I say pop. No matter what you say, Americans’ top source of calorie consumption is soda. Below, we break down America’s favorite sodas by calorie count and give you some ideas on how to make up for those unwanted sugary soda calories.

All conversions are based on a 2,000 steps/mile average for a person weighing 150lbs.


The first soda to travel to space: Coca-Cola. It takes 3,275 steps to burn off the 140 calories in a can of Coke.

How to burn it off
  • 20 minutes of biking
  • 40 minutes of yoga

3,275 Steps


Pepsi was originally named Brad’s Drink after creator, Caleb Bradham. One of the benefits of drinking Pepsi was curing dyspepsia, or a stomach ache. Caleb took the word “Pepsi” out of “dyspepsia” and made it the name of his soft drink 5 years later. Clearly, it stuck. It takes 3,509 steps to burn off the 150 calories in a 12 ounce can of Pepsi.

How to burn it off
  • 12 minutes of rollerblading
  • 18 minutes of jumping jacks

3,509 Steps

Fanta (orange)

Want to get your creative thinking going? Drink a Fanta! “Fanta” means imagination which comes from the word “Fantasie”. So…fantasize yourself burning off the 160 calories in a 12 ounce can of Fanta by taking 3,743 steps.

How to burn it off
  • 45 minutes of mini golf
  • 20 minutes on the elliptical

3,743 Steps

A&W Root Beer

Ever wonder what the A and W of A&W Root Beer stand for? The founders named the root beer after themselves—Roy Allen and Frank Wright—and partnered together to create a root beer float shop. A 12 ounce can comes in at 170 calories. 3,977 steps will get you to your goal!

How to burn it off
  • 20 minutes of hiking
  • 36 minutes of water aerobics

3,977 Steps


With over 17 varieties worldwide, there is a Sprite out there that will quench your thirst. Depending on where you live, you could pick anything from cucumber to tropical flavors. 4,492 steps will burn off the 192 calories in a 12 ounce can of Sprite.

How to burn it off
  • 15 minutes of jumping rope
  • 20 minutes of stairs

4,492 Steps


Let’s be real: there’s no such thing as a healthy soda. But only you can decide if all the sugar, calories, and extra steps are worth it.

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Nothing tastes as good as 10K steps a day.

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