Parents Eat Half of Their Kids’ Halloween Treats: How to Exercise It Off!

Dipping into your kids' Halloween stash will cost you

Look at that headline.  That's horrible, isn't it?!?  According to CalorieLab, parents, on average, eat about half of their kids' trick-or-treat bag.  I laughed when I read that statistic because I'm just as guilty as anyone! There's a bit of a range for how many calories are in the "fun size" candy bars, anywhere from 50 to 120 calories.  How many of you eat just one and walk away? I know, I know; I'm trying to horrify you to save you from yourself ... So how long does it take to burn off 100 calories?
  • A low intensity exercise like a leisurely stroll for about 20 minutes
  • A medium activity like brisk walking or taking a bike ride for about 15 minutes
  • A high intensity activity such as a Spin class or running for about 10 minutes
If you want to get the exact activity and time, I recommend's excellent calculator.   So how badly do you want that Snickers bar?  Are you ready to sweat your butt off for 10 minutes to get it?  Is it still worth it to you? Feel free to print out this post and put it next to your kids' Halloween stash.  And Happy Halloween! I've got some silly fitness Halloween costumes to talk about too.  My favorite is Jared from Subway.  :-) Do you think you'll indulge as much as you would have this Halloween?  Is it fair to take candy from a child? ;-)  Let me know your thoughts. Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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6 Responses to Parents Eat Half of Their Kids’ Halloween Treats: How to Exercise It Off!

  1. Sarah Kay Hoffman October 29, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Love this! I’m not a parent, but I still love me some candy! These are great, quick tips! I probably won’t have to worry since I’m training for a 1/2 marathon, but still:) Thanks!

  2. Lisa Johnson October 29, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    I almost want to tell you to tuck a snickers into your hoodie for the long run trainings … not the best source of protein/carb but it’ll work. ;-)

  3. Rita @ Fitblogger October 29, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    Funny and true! My daughter had trick or treating at playschool yesterday and hubbie’s head was half in the bag before it was on the counter. I’m alright with the candy now, I’m not too interested in the stuff she gets, but give me a dark chocolate something.

    Oh yes, it’s true candy snob :)

  4. Lisa Johnson October 29, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Candy snob is good! That’ll keep you away from the over-processed crap that doesn’t taste all that great anyway … excellent strategy …

  5. Jessica @peekababy November 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    I have a preschooler with a nut allergy, so my husband and I confiscate all nut-laden treats..and you know what that means :0

  6. Lisa Johnson November 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

    Jessica my son does as well, Snickers are my downfall. They have already been removed from the house, minus a couple …

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