A Halloween Routine for Better Health
By Brandi Goodman
Halloween is fast approaching. This holiday tends to mark the start of the full holiday season and the beginning of unhealthy habits and weight gain. Find a Halloween routine that works to better your health so you can stay fit throughout the spooky season and after.
Eat Before Trick-or-Treating or Halloween Parties
If you're out trick-or-treating with your kids or plan on attending a Halloween party, it can be tempting to snack on everything in sight. Make sure to eat before heading out for the night so you'll be filled up and less likely to indulge in the unhealthy options. Make sure the whole family has a nutritious meal.
Pass Out Something Healthy
The tradition may be to pass out candy, but you don't have to follow suit. Find a healthy alternative to pass out instead. This way, you won't be stuck with leftover treat temptations and can snack on something more nutritious. You can even opt for non-food options, such as Halloween pencils, glow sticks, or stickers.
Walk, Don't Drive
Driving can be dangerous on Halloween night. Avoid this danger by simply walking in your own neighborhood. It will give you plenty of exercise as well -- a win for this usually unhealthy-themed night.
Bring a Small Bag
Many people are tempted to bring pillow cases and large bags to fill. Go the opposite route and bring a small bag instead. Make sure your kids only have a typical bucket or normal-sized plastic bag from the store to put their goodies in. You won't have so much sitting around the house to be tempted to eat.
Some spend a couple hours outside going door-to-door. If this is your plan, be sure you're staying hydrated in the process. It's easy to be left feeling sore the next day if your body didn't get the water it needed to keep the joints limber. Every person should have a water bottle with them for the outing. Be sure to stretch before and after as well. This will also help with pain prevention and recovery.
Start your holiday season with a healthy Halloween. It will help you avoid some of the typical end-of-year weight gain and motivate you to continue the healthy habits throughout the rest of the holiday months. Healthier habits lead to better well-being.
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