Hey all! Since I didn’t say it on the day of, Happy Halloween! Mikey and I were flying all day yesterday, making our way out from Calgary to Newfoundland (I was hoping when we got off the plane that someone would have said, “Welcome to the Rock,” Sean Connery-style). We’re out here for 10 days to help facilitate and participate in YACC’s annual Survivor Conference, and we’re excited to be here early to prep for it. So to all my clients reading at home, keep moving! Keep eating well! And I’ll see you with some good workouts next week. 😉
But back to Halloween! This is absolutely my favorite day of the year, and for good reasons:
-free candy abounds (even if you don’t trick-or-treat; banks and even gyms always have those dangerous glorious candy bowls around!):
– pumpkins line the streets (and my stomach with good foods!) and make for beautiful running scenery in residential areas:
– it’s a wonderful reason to dress up and have fun while in “character:”
– also, Halloween parties are the BEST! We had a little one with some good friends through Localife, a local cancer support program we host monthly, and it was great to see those who came out in costume and enjoy a few fun games (like the Oreo Slide! I discovered this from Mama Pea!). Later we went to a friend’s house where the girls destroyed the boys in charades (what else is new? 😉 ) and saw lots of fun costumes (but sadly, no photos): a tree, some Greek Gods/Goddesses, basketball players, Mr. Potato Head, Joaquin Pheonix (hilarious! hairy and crazy), and the typical cute cats and lady bugs. 🙂
But it’s often hard to have a healthy Halloween. This year, I managed to pull out a healthy holiday – but not by saying “no” to treats or not staying up late! As I mentioned earlier, our actual Halloween day was spent traveling. Our healthy October 31st was spent in airports, which could only mean three things:
1. watching “Edward Scissorhands”on the plane,
2. eating only a couple candies (no candy bowls out there!) and
3. using lots of time waiting for flights by doing the most obvious thing you could do in an airport: pushups!
So although I didn’t intend for it to be a “Healthy Halloween,” it turned into one simply because I had no candy options aside from spending money (and remember? The fun is that it’s FREE!) and because all I could do was push-it-up! I did them all in one go over about 30 min and then rounded out my morning wake up today with 100 more pushups. When I can’t run and don’t have access to weights or other pieces of workout equipment, I do two things: pushups and squats! You can do them ANYwhere and between the two moves you basically hit every single body part, especially focusing on utilizing your core stabilizer muscles! LOVE it.
How was your Halloween? Hopefully you had a bit more candy than we did and had a blast celebrating with friends! I’m off to do a few more pushups… 😉 Until next time, be well and live well!