Healthy Halloween Treat Ideas and the Ultimate Halloween Workout

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Baby Boot Camp Halloween SliderHalloween has always been one of my favorite holidays.  So I know how FUN this holiday is.  But as a fitness professional and a mom, I have a hard time swallowing some of the typical Halloween traditions i.e. Trick or Treating for candy or Halloween festivities chuck full of sweet temptations.

In fact according to the American Medical Association, one in every three American children and teenagers is overweight or obese – now that is frightening news!

And lets be honest…haven’t we all raided our child’s trick-or-treat bag?  So this year lets help our kids (and ourselves) learn that celebrations are about the FUN we share not the FOOD we eat.

Here are some tips on how help break the sugary Halloween traditions without your little witch or monster having to pass on all the fun as well as a spooky Mom & Baby Halloween themed workout you can do almost anywhere!

Healthy Halloween treat options

  • Single serve mini popcorn bags
  • Sugar free hot chocolate packets
  • Fig cookies
  • 100 calorie snack packs (various products)
  • Pencils or crayons
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Glow sticks
  • Silly putty
  • Bouncy balls
  • Individual low calorie drink boxes (i.e. roaring waters)

 

Participate in the Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back program

Did you know that dentists nationwide “buy back” Halloween candy from children in their communities and then send the candy to U.S. Military deployed in combat through Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups?
The troops love the candy–for themselves, but also to give out to the children in the communities they patrol.

Locally, the Dental Office of Fred Dreher, DDS in Ballston Spa, N.Y. will be holding their 7th annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back, an annual initiative that collects candy for care packages that are sent by the Family Readiness Group in Glens Falls, N.Y. to local soldiers who are deployed overseas.

According to their website, this program will run during office hours between November 1st and November 15th. They will pay children under 16 $1 per pound for their candy, and give them a goodie bag.

Contact their office at 518-885-3623 for more information or visit their website.

Try this fun Halloween Themed Workout!

So what can you do in the event you just couldn’t resist a bite or even two of these devilish treats? Try this Halloween themed workout designed to get your heart pumping even with your little angel or ghoul in tow.

All you need is a small pumpkin in the 5lb range.  *If you are just beginning a workout regimen or recently given birth please always obtain clearance from your physician before starting an exercise program. 

Warm-Up: five minutes

If you are outside make sure your little one is secured in a stroller.  Walk at a moderate pace with your shoulders back and hips toward your stroller handle bars to increase your heart rate and prepare your muscles for the workout.

[CARDIO] 30/30 intervals:  Repeat three times for a total of 3 minutes

Interval A:   Pumpkin Taps 30 seconds (tap pumpkin alternating feet at a quick pace)

Interval B:   Pumpkin Hops or Step Over 30 seconds

*At each cardio segment if your child is in a stroller walk or jog to a new location to give them some movement and new views.

Reverse Lunge with pumpkin rotation

Set the brake on your stroller and stand facing your child and pumpkin in both hands.  Step back with your left foot, and bend both knees to lower your body until your right knee is bent at least 90 degrees. At the same time, rotate your upper body & pumpkin toward your right leg.  Reverse the movement by lowering and rotating your chest to face your child, and then return to standing position. Repeat for a total of 10 repetitions per leg.

The Great Pumpkin Overhead Extension

Hold your pumpkin between both hands and stand tall with your back straight, shoulders relaxed, abs engaged, legs straight, and feet placed hip-width apart. Extend your arms straight overhead, holding the ball above your head.  INHALE: Keeping your upper arms close to the sides of your head, bend your elbows approximately 90 degrees to lower the ball toward your back. EXHALE: Slowly straighten the elbows to return to the starting position and complete one rep.  Repeat for a total of 12 repetitions.

[CARDIO] 30/30 intervals:  Repeat three times for a total of 3 minutes

Interval A:   Pumpkin Taps 30 seconds (tap pumpkin alternating feet at a quick pace)

Interval B:   Pumpkin Hops or Step Over 30 seconds

Pumpkin Planks

Place your pumpkin on the ground and place both hands on either side of the pumpkin.  Hold your upper and lower body in a straight line without letting your hips sag.  This may be done on your knees if just starting or your toes.  Tighten your abdominals and hold for 20 -60 seconds. 

Pumpkin Stroller Sit Up

Sit on the ground facing your baby with your feet on either side of the front wheel, if using a jogging stroller or between the two front wheels if using a standard stroller.  While holding pumpkin on your chest lift head, shoulders and back off the ground and extend pumpkin out towards your child and release slowly to starting position.  Repeat for 10 repetitions.

[CARDIO] 30/30 intervals:  Repeat three times for a total of 3 minutes

Interval A:   Pumpkin Taps 30 seconds (tap pumpkin alternating feet at a quick pace)

Interval B:   Pumpkin Hops or Step Over 30 seconds

Cool Down: Three Minutes

Walk at a slow pace with your wrists straight as you focus on slowing your breathing.

 

We hope you enjoy these exercises with your little one, and have a happy and healthy Halloween!  Thank you to Baby Boot Camp members: Rebecca, Aimee, Janelle and Amy for demonstrating the various exercises!

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Britta Hogue is a NETA certified Personal Trainer and owner of Baby Boot Camp of the Capital District, offering classes and nutrition programs for moms.  Sign up for a free class at www.babybootcamp.com or email her at britta.hogue@babybootcamp.com.

Photo Credits

Glow Stick: Flickr
Crayon: Flickr
Pile of Candy: Flickr

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