The holiday season is upon us and with that comes sugar, alcohol, and parties, oh my!
I hope that after reading this, you realize the importance of being mindful with what you’re eating and making sure you take the time to exercise. This article is not about restricting or over training. Moderation is key, and we’re going to discuss how you can enjoy Halloween without going over the top.
Some of the more common candies out there have the following calorie counts:
M & M’s 1 oz. package 150 calories
REESE’s PIECES (1 package) 210 calories
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar 270 calories
REESE’s PB cups (1 package) 260 calories
Snickers (1 bar) 230 calories
To give you an idea the average person will burn 250-350 calories in a ½ aerobic workout. If it’s yoga, Pilates and/or strength training (depending on the level of difficulty and whether or not cardio is mixed in) the average person will burn 200-300 calories in the same 30 minutes. As you can see, for just one candy item, you’re going to need to workout for 30 minutes.
So the next time you go grab the candy you should be passing out, think twice.
Keep in mind, in addition to the calories; they primarily consist of refined sugars. Refined sugars not only spike insulin levels, which can lead to fat storage, they also cause inflammation. When inflammation is present, you are more susceptible to disease, injury, and fatigue.
If you’re going to eat the sugar, just be mindful of how much and what it is doing to your body internally and externally. I am a firm believer in treating yourself and not abstaining from foods and/or drinks you like. Rather keep them in moderation and make sure you keep your activity up to not only offset the extra calories, but to also release endorphins and keep you cardiovascular system strong.
Also, if you indulge this week in Halloween treats or next month in Turkey Days, join us for an individual training day or a group fitness class. We can always tailor your training to work those fun-size candy bars off!
Scott Keppel is the owner of Scott’s Training Systems, a world-class coaching facility in Chandler, Arizona. He is a nationally certified trainer through NASM and ISSA. His mission is to empower women of all ages and fitness levels.