It’s that time of the year again where those baby kit kat bars and tootsie rolls are lying all over your home ready for the taking. Yup, say hello to Halloween! Sadly, those little two-bite candies can add up and before you know it you’ve eaten half a bag.
Not to worry, this year I want you to be equipped with a solid home workout routine that will keep those Halloween pounds at bay. This doesn’t mean you completely deprive yourself of candy, but now you’ll have a plan in place to minimize the damage!
Before we get down to business, I thought you might get a kick out of this …
Did you know that:
1. A typical child's loot bag has about 10,000 calories. Holy smokes!
2. This is scary, but it was reported that one of the ingredients in the Butterfinger chocolate bar is TBHQ, a compound of butane. Yikes!
3. The average American consumes about 24 lbs. of candy per year and for kids, a large portion of that is on or immediately after Halloween.
Okay so now that we’re on the same page about not overloading on candy this year, let’s get to the good stuff.
In preparation for Halloween this year, my hope is that you can get a kick start on your fitness game. This doesn’t mean hours upon hours in the gym or at the yoga studio, but this will require some work and commitment … and a sturdy chair.
Here’s the plan:
1. Chair Squats – This is the best booty move in the business. Stand with your feet at hip-width apart with your back to the chair. You can either cross your arms over your chest or hold your arms out in front of you. Push your hips back and bend your knees to lower your hips. Continue lowering until your bum gently makes contact with the chair and then extend your knees and hips to return to a full standing position. Your back should remain straight and your head should stay up throughout the entire exercise.
2. Chair Dips – tighten and tone those arms with this awesome move. To do the exercise, sit down and wrap your fingers around the front edge of the chair. Slide your body forward until your bum is just off the chair. Start with your arms fully extended. Adjust your feet so your heels are a couple of inches in front of your knees. Bend your elbows to lower your body toward the floor. Point your elbows directly behind you; do not let them flare out to the sides. Stop when your elbows are at a 90-degree angle and press back up, straightening your arms.
2. Step Ups onto Chair – This is a staple lower body move. Start by standing with your feet about hip-width apart, arms at your sides. Step up onto the seat with one foot, pressing down while bringing your other foot up next to it. Step back with the leading foot and bring the trailing foot down beside it to finish one step-up. Alternate your leading foot, keep your core engaged and your back straight while stepping for the most benefit and safety. Don’t forget to breathe.
4. Plank With Chair: Work that core with this basic, but necessary move. Place both forearms on the seat of the chair and step your feet back into a plank position. Keeping your hips low and core tight hold for 30 seconds. Don’t forget to breathe. To take it up a notch, you can bring your right knee to the inside of your left arm and pause. Now return to the starting plank position and repeat with the opposite leg touching your left knee to the inside of your right arm.
Do these 4 moves aiming for 4 sets of 15 reps each. Rest 30 seconds in between. Try and do this 2-3 times a week and that’s it! If you can get on this routine NOW, you will steer clear from that Halloween bloat. Happy trick or treating, mamas!
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- Trish (make sure to follow Trish on Instagram HERE)