Eat the Candy, Do the Work!

Hmmm, can’t help but dip your hand into the candy bowl this Halloween? Go ahead, indulge; just remember, what goes on must come off! Most snack size candy bars have about 90 calories – Here are some fun (and funny?!) ways to burn some of those off while trick or treating (or just treating!).

When walking up a house’s walkway or just down the block:

  • Twirl like a ballerina
  • Fly like an airplane
  • Hop like a bunny (having a child in tow when doing these things can make you feel less self-conscious!)

When waiting for your child at a house:

  • Do lunges off the bottom step
  • Dance around in place (super idea if it’s cold outside)

Yes, these things might seem silly. But the point is to be prepared and to pay attention to what you are eating. If you have strong enough will power to stay away from the candy, or limit yourself to one piece, then Congratulations! However, if you are prone to popping in piece after piece, then planning ahead of time can be your friend.

Decrease your calorie intake by 100 over each of the next few days and increase your activity level. Here are a few ideas to quickly burn an extra 100 calories (roughly one of those snack size candy bars):

  • take a brisk 15 minute walk (or add to your current walk)
  • add pushing your baby’s stroller to that and increase the calorie-burn
  • dance around the living room for 20 minutes
  • throw in an aerobic/cardio exercise tape – moderate to high intensity for 15-20 minutes

Or, try this 10-minute routine (adapted from 10-minute cardio blast-About.com)

  • 1 minute – Brisk walk, march or dance in place
  • 1 minute – Light jog outside, around the house or in place
  • 1 minute – Jumping jacks (alternate feet to lower intensity)
  • 1 minute – Lunge forward (alternate right/left foot stepping forward, keep knee in line with ankle)
  • 1 minute – Light jog
  • 1 minute – Jumping jacks
  • 1 minute – Squat and kick, alternating legs
  • 1 minute – Light jog
  • 1 minute – Lunge back (step backward, keep front knee in line with ankle)
  • 1 minute – Brisk walk to cool down

How many activities can you incorporate into your week? Keep it up through the holidays and you might find yourself making a different new year’s resolution!

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5 Responses to “Eat the Candy, Do the Work!”

  1. Hey thanks for yet another nice and good post. Where do you find your inspiration for all this :|? – Tandarts

  2. Jackie says:

    Recently I was looking for this and glad that you posted it before the end of October because I will need it in the beginning of next month.

  3. Ramzi says:

    Eat the candy do the work is my motto! Can’t give up the sweets so I gotta work it off. How many blue steel looks does it take to burn 100 calories?

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