Burn Those Post-Halloween Calories with these Simple Tricks
Now that spooky season is officially behind us, you may be feeling a bit of “Post-Halloween Guilt” about eating too many calories. While it’s healthy to let loose a little bit during this time of year, it’s equally important to your health that you keep your body in top shape. Luckily, unless you went absolutely crazy, the calories eaten during a fun-filled night of trick or treating can easily be burned off. In that spirit, here are some easy ways to give your body a healthy kick in the right direction.
We’ve said this a few times now, but it really does bear repeating that walking is the secret weapon for a healthier lifestyle. Too many people think that unless you’re benching two-hundred pounds at the gym, then you aren’t getting a valuable workout. According to experts at BetterHealth, “Just 30 minutes (of walking) every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance.” We’re all busy, but you can find 30 minutes to invest in your health. Your body will thank you.
For Every Cheat Day, Balance it with a Healthy Day
We’re not gonna spout out the same stuff when it comes to diet that you’ve heard a million times by now. Yes, you’re supposed to be eating more fruits and vegetables while keeping away from those McDonald’s fries. But, let’s face it, sometimes those fries are too tempting. The key to health is balance. When discussing cheat days, Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD stated, “There is no best time of day, week, or month to return to healthy eating, so after a cheat day, take the next chance to re-establish your healthy routine. If you had an indulgent brunch, have a balanced dinner that evening.” We definitely agree with that sentiment.
At-Home Light Workouts
Don’t go hurting yourself but simple, light workouts at home can be a great way to easily burn some of those Halloween calories. When we say simple, think living room yoga, a few pushups, situps, or jumping jacks. Fatherly shared this view by saying, “The best at-home workouts will help you drop weight, build muscle, and avoid those recurring monthly gym fees.” If you’re looking for the perfect kettlebells to add to your home gym routine, we’ve got you covered there too.
Drink Tons of Water
All of these activities will be slightly strenuous on your body, and you will need to be sure to keep hydrated. We truly cannot stress the importance of keeping hydrated enough. The brainiacs over at Harvard went so far as to say, “Drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons: to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.” So, remember to keep drinking plenty of water as you practice all these strategies.
We hope these tips will put you in good shape (literally) to burn those Halloween calories. Feel free to stop by our office and tell us all about your progress.