Health and Fitness – Savor the Spooky Sweetness, and Exercise the Evidence Away

As the author John Steinbeck described his penchant for drinking, he said he had taken his hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment. You can accept your consequences, too, during this spooky and eerily delicious time of year.

The overindulgence of candy during the Halloween season will consequently leave you with extra calories around your waistline. That’s OK, though; there’s no need for punishment! Eat all the goodies you want, and just find ways to balance life in your favor through the art of exercise.

Go ahead and have that Nestle Crunch for your morning snack. The envious stares from around the boardroom table will let you know you are about to have an mmm… mmm… moment! Milk chocolate and crisped rice are a delectable way to spend any snack time. The trick-or-treaters will have one less bar of chocolate available for the taking and you will have the consequence of 220 calories added to your daily tally. Go bowling for an hour, and those calories will disappear like a ghost.

The receptionist has a panoply of Twizzlers in that pumpkin container on her desk. You frequently visit her work area and subtly eat eight strands of confectionery bliss throughout your day. As a consequence, Pam busily restocks and arranges her bouquet of red treats, and 320 calories are added to your collection. Grab your racket and play tennis for 45 minutes. Those calories will fly away with the witch and her broom.

The bowl of candy corn was just within reach, and so was the remote control. Wednesday is your favorite TV night, and that honey and corn syrup combination is always so very sweet. Three shows of ABC primetime and four handfuls of orange and yellow pleasure and you were ready for bed. Consequently, you were entertained and loaded with 560 calories at the same time. Lace up your trail shoes and hike for two hours on your favorite path with some of your favorite pals. Unwanted calories don’t stand a chance in the grips of a Frankenstein hiking adventure.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups can be fiendishly fun … and multiple sleeves of them can be ghoulishly great! Passing out candy to all the little neighborhood goblins isn’t much fun if you can’t have a few treats for yourself. Three hours of candy-distribution detail and eight Reese’s cups later, and you are headed for the couch. The couch buckles from the weight of you and your additional 840 calories of chocolate consequence. Two 30-minute running sessions later, any weight gain will be banished like a zombie to the netherworld.

This orange and black time comes but once a year. Engage in a little devilish fun this month and don’t punish yourself for your temporary transgressions. Consequences will always follow, but never fear. Keep the skull and crossbones from entering over your threshold by using exercise as your antidote. Here’s to a happy and healthy Halloween!

This health and fitness article is brought to you by that guy with voracity for vampires. That fanged guy is Ron Blake and you can bite into him at rblake5551@hotmail.com.”

Ron Blake

Ron Blake, a personal fitness trainer in Phoenix, has been training individuals and groups for 15 years. He has also coached high school cross-country and track teams in Indiana and California. He was born in Gary, Ind., and Indiana University awarded him bachelor and master's degrees (as long as he agreed to quietly leave the state!) Visit his website, www.myblakefitness.com for more information.

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