THE 'EARNED RUNS' COMPANY NAME lends itself to an activity that may appeal to you as the Halloween holiday approaches. Nutrition specialist Cindy Ma wrote a fun piece for MyFitnessPal.com that actually has me thinking what specific candy I might want to “earn” in advance of or after October 31.
The infographic article, “Earn Your Favorite Halloween Candy” clearly demonstrates the differences that exist between candies in terms of energy required to 'burn' calories consumed. My favorites have always been Snickers bars, M&M Peanuts, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and KitKat bars, in that order. Considering that the minutes quoted account for eating just one snack/fun size of each treat, I’ll need to get busy this weekend working off the expected splurge: 22, 24, 30, and 19 minutes respectively FOR ONE OF EACH!.
A word of caution though. The calculations are based on expected calorie expenditure by average-sized males and females. Walkers and runners smaller/weighing less than those body types (5'3" female at 166 pounds and 5'8" male at 195 pounds) should anticipate a lower burn rate.
I probably won’t boost my exercise amount for this purpose, however. It is a mental trap for me to expect that more and more activity can accommodate higher calorie intake. There’s only so much time to exercise, and there’s a risk of injury in overdoing physical activity.
The best plan for me is to remain active and balance intake by cutting back on other yummy higher-calorie treat food and drink in the days before and after, if I plan to snack on Halloween candy.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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