Written on October 31, 2011 at 10:07 am , by Marianne Magno
Since it’s Halloween, we decided to add a little fun to our workout playlists with some spooky songs. Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you to blast “Monster Mash” at the gym—unless you want to!—but we just couldn’t resist adding M.J.’s “Thriller” into the mix.
- “Bones,” The Killers
- “Welcome to the Black Parade,” My Chemical Romance
- “Monster,” Lady Gaga
- “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” Panic! at the Disco
- “Thriller,” Michael Jackson
- “She Wolf,” Shakira
- “Kill the Lights,” Britney Spears
- “Monster,” Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver
- “I Don’t Wanna Stop,” Ozzy Osbourne
We think this would be perfect for the Pumpkin Workout!
Now tell us: What songs put you in a festive mood this last day of October?
Written on October 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm , by Karla Walsh
This week’s fit links from around the web:
- From Jane Fonda to Jackie Chan, let fitness icons be the inspiration for your Halloween costume. — Fit Sugar
- Sure, you know “Thriller” is a fun workout song, but here are 14 more spooky tunes to add to your playlist! — Daily Spark
- Don’t want to dole out the traditional treats? Stock up on these more wholesome options. — ABC News
- Check out this sweet round-up to plan for smart splurges. — Hungry Girl
- Are you a candy corn queen? A penny person? What you hand out to trick-or-treaters may say more about you than you think! — Yahoo! Shine
- Celebrate the holiday with this simple, nutritious bread spread. — Espresso and Cream
Written on October 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm , by Karla Walsh
Halloween is traditionally celebrated with more sweet treats than sweat sessions. The biggest workout many of us get on October 31 is from walking the kids from door to door in their cute costumes to trick-or-treat! But why not squeeze in a little strength training before you steal a few M&Ms or pieces of candy corn from the stash? (Hey, even Joy Bauer says it’s OK to splurge on five fun-sized items!)
New York Sports Clubs (NYSC) is offering a “Carve Your Body Pumpkin Workout” class to help Halloween revelers find a healthy way to enjoy the day. Members and non-members are welcome to attend a free holiday-themed class at the NYSC location on 41st Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan tomorrow or Monday at 2 p.m.
But if you’re not in the area, simply grab one of your uncarved pumpkins (or feel free to substitute a medicine ball for the pumpkin to do any of these moves year-round) and try this circuit at home.
- Lurking Lunges: Stand in a split stance with right leg in front, left leg in back. Holding a pumpkin, extend arms in front of you. Bend knees and lower into a lunge, keeping front knee behind the toe. At the bottom of the move, rotate core 90 degrees to the right and then 90 degrees to the left. Do 20 reps.
- Tombstone Twist: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and pumpkin in hands. Extend arms so pumpkin is at chest height. Rotate arms from and upper body from side to side, pivoting your opposite foot for more range of motion. Do 20 reps.
- Creepy Crunches: Lie on your back with hands holding a pumpkin over your chest, with knees bent and feet flat on the floor about two feet apart. Lift legs vertically, toes pointing toward the ceiling. Lift your shoulder blades off the ground and extend pumpkin vertically toward toes. Do 20 reps.
- Repeat circuit of lunges, twists and crunches twice more.
Now tell us: Do you plan to exercise on Halloween?
Written on October 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm , by Karla Walsh
Ah, Halloween. It kicks off the so-called “eating season” (including Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas and more) and is a holiday that basically revolves around massive quantities of sweet treats. So how do you stroll into November in the same pair of jeans you’re wearing today?
“Don’t buy your Halloween candy until October 30—it’s too torturous to have it around the house,” says Joy Bauer, R.D., The Today Show nutritionist and author of Joy Bauer’s Food Cures. And rather than popping one fun-size bar after the next, “stick with longer-lasting treats like lollipops, or freeze a few pieces of dark chocolate so they melt more slowly while you eat them,” Bauer suggests.
Her top tip: “Give yourself an amount of candy you’ll enjoy around Halloween, say five snack-sized pieces, and pick them strategically to make them last. This way you won’t miss all of the festivities, but will be doing your waistline good.”
You can also eat festive treats that pack a little nutritional punch, like roasted pumpkin seeds or non-fat Greek yogurt mixed with a dollop of canned pumpkin (a couple of Bauer’s favorites) or these fun brownies, courtesy of Sun-Maid.
Halloween Tombstone Brownies
Serves 18 to 24
- 3-ounces (3 squares) unsweetened chocolate
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins
- White icing tubes, pens or homemade and transferred to a pastry bag
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 9 or 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Combine chocolate and butter in a large saucepan. Heat over low heat until melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
- Stir in sugar; mix well. Add eggs and vanilla; blend well.
- Mix in flour and raisins until evenly combined. Spread batter into prepared pan.
- Bake 9 x 9-inch pan for 25 to 30 minutes or 9 x 13-inch pan for 18 to 22 minutes, until top feels set when gently touched. Cool completely.
- Cut brownies with a sharp knife into approximately 1-1/4 x 2-1/2-inch pieces. Cut rounded corners on one short edge to shape a tombstone.
- Decorate tombstones with icing as desired. Arrange tombstones upright on tray to create graveyard (apply small amount of icing on bottom of brownies to stick to tray if necessary).
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