We sucked down Halloween candy last Thursday night because after all the kids got their treats – didn’t we deserve one (or two, or three) too? So what does it take to burn off those calories?
Here’s some hard facts for you to chew on:
Fun-sized Kit Kat bar (3 pieces/210 calories): Run for 20 minutes or walk at a moderate pace for one hour.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup (1 individual cup/105 calories): Cycling workout for 25 minutes or swim laps for 15 minutes.
Fun-sized Almond Joy (1 bar/80 calories): 15 minutes of intense aerobics class, 30 minutes of yoga or 15 minutes of golf
Fun-sized Snickers bar (2 small bars/160 calories): Weight training for 45 minutes,or yoga class for one hour
Fun-sized M&Ms (3 mini packs/180 calories) Cross country hiking for 30 minutes, go dancing with friends for 30 minutes
Fun-sized Hershey's Chocolate bar (1 small bar/77 calories) 10 minutes of racquetball, jump rope slowly for ten minutes
Fun-sized Whoppers (2 bags/60 calories): Moderate rowing machine workout for 10 minutes or a slow jog for about a mile
Candy corn (about 20 pieces/140 calories) Walk at a brisk pace for 35 minutes or play ping pong for 30 minutes
Now we are contemplating the next big Thursday feast at the end of the month – yes, Thanksgiving will soon be upon us with all the temptations we look forward to. Forget the turkey, I am talking sides and pies. Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallow, candied carrots, green bean casserole with the French-fried onions on top! And pumpkin pie, apple pie, and pecan pie, all topped with cream or better yet, ice cream.
It could all just spiral down from there, as the festivities multiply as we end the year. And we are left feeling depleted, doughy and desperate to make a change in the new year.
But it could be different this year.
If you were lucky enough to attend one or all of my three -part Thriving Women series, you already have some tools in the toolbox to help you make it through the holidays. I purposely covered mindfulness, ways of eating that are effective and shared exercises that anyone can fit into their busy days.
However, if you missed any of this, I have good news. I will be offering a webinar in a few weeks that will cover how to effectively manage the holidays, including stress management, food tips and tricks, and how to stay active for your mind and body. Check out https://www.facebook.com/teeminghealth/ to find out more.