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5 Halloween-Themed Fitness Moves for a Killer Workout
Fitness
Published Tuesday Oct 31, 2017 by Brittany Raine

5 Halloween-Themed Fitness Moves for a Killer Workout

Personal Training
Pilates

It’s that time of year again! Ghosts, ghouls, goblet squats, oh my! Are you ready for a little Halloween fitness fun? We’ve got five spooktacular workout moves to get you into the haunted holiday spirit.

1. Single Leg Dead Lifts

Don’t let the name scare you! This workout move focuses on strength, stability and, balance. Maintain a flat back, keep your core engaged, and keep your weight evenly distributed on your planted leg. As you raise one leg straight behind you, keep your toes pointed and bend forward, hinging at the hips. Return to standing using the hamstring of your planted leg. Try adding a kettlebell for an extra challenge.

2. Wood Chops

This “ax-cellent” move targets abs, hips, and shoulders. First, grab a five- to 10-pound medicine ball. Start with feet slightly wider than hip distance and keep knees slightly bent. Raise medicine ball to your left shoulder and as you exhale, pull abs to spine, and make the motion of “chopping’ the medicine ball diagonally toward your right knee. Engage your core as you rotate. Return to starting position and repeat on both sides.

3. Spiderman Pushup

It’s time to dust off those cobwebs and try this creepy crawly upper-body exercise. Start in a standard high-plank pushup position, aligning your body from ankles to head. As you lower your body towards the floor, lift your right foot and swing your right leg out in a sideways position. Try to touch your knee to your elbow. Return to starting position and repeat on left side.

4. Dead Bug

No hocus pocus here! This ground-based strength exercise works abs, obliques, back, shoulders, and hips. Start by lying flat on your back with your knees bent at 90 degrees. Point your arms towards the sky and flatten your back against the floor. As you exhale, engage your core, lower one leg and the opposing arm until they are hovering above the ground. Return to the starting position, and repeat with the opposite side.

5. Superman

Tap into your Halloween superhero spirit with this exercise. Lie face down on the ground with your arms and legs extended. Keep your neck neutral and your core as still as possible. Simultaneously raise the arms and legs inches off the ground to form a small curve in the body. Hold for a few seconds and lower back to the ground.

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
healthy halloween recipes DIY
Wellness
Published Tuesday Oct 15, 2019 by Mooch and Mel

No Tricks, Just Treats: Healthy Halloween Recipes

Food
Drink
Recipes
Expert Advice

Two things keep people stuck in an eating rut: restrictive dieting and fad dieting. Halloween seems to scream out to both of these.

Those seeking to improve or maintain their health believe they have to restrict and completely refrain from enjoying any festive treats. It’s like a bad spell! It's a mind trick that results in you feeling deprived, unworthy, or worse—binging on the Reeses-filled candy jack-o-lantern by the front door when no one is looking.

Then there are fad diets. The “I’ll start Monday” mentality kicks in, or people desperately search their phone, ordering the nearest juice cleanse to undo all the damage. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work! These tricks not only take us backward; they can cause damage to both our mental and physical health.

It’s all about an anti-deprivation and pro-understanding approach. As nutrition coaches and personal trainers, we value sticking to one track: your track.

So when spooky season comes around, it’s even better when we can integrate festive and gut-friendly treats into Halloween. Each of these recipes is gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free with no artificial sweeteners or flavors. Your sweet tooth and tummy will thank you!

Ghoulishly green

Vegan Chocolate Covered Matcha Balls
What’s better than matcha and melted vegan dark chocolate? If you want something a little more seasonal, try using our pumpkin blondie recipe (omit chocolate chips), and rolling into balls after baking. 

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Ghoulishly green

Vegan Chocolate Covered Matcha Balls
What’s better than matcha and melted vegan dark chocolate? If you want something a little more seasonal, try using our pumpkin blondie recipe (omit chocolate chips), and rolling into balls after baking. 

Pumpkin meets protein

Pumpkin Spiked Smoothie
Morning, afternoon, or evening, this is a crowd favorite. You can make it up to 24 hours in advance. And heck, if you add in some Bailey’s, Cafe Patron, or Kahlua as a late-night treat, we won’t tell.
 

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Pumpkin meets protein

Pumpkin Spiked Smoothie
Morning, afternoon, or evening, this is a crowd favorite. You can make it up to 24 hours in advance. And heck, if you add in some Bailey’s, Cafe Patron, or Kahlua as a late-night treat, we won’t tell.
 

Haunting hydration

Witch’s Water

There is something magical about adding a teaspoon of activated charcoal and a tablespoon of rose water to your H2O. Not only will it reduce inflammation and detoxify your body, but the addition also offers a spooky tint to your teeth and tongue.

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Haunting hydration

Witch’s Water

There is something magical about adding a teaspoon of activated charcoal and a tablespoon of rose water to your H2O. Not only will it reduce inflammation and detoxify your body, but the addition also offers a spooky tint to your teeth and tongue.

Dressed up dessert

Costumed Candy Bars
Halloween is filled with tricks, treats, and, most of the time, stomach aches. Make your own version of your favorite candy bars with this gluten-free, dairy-free treat! Reese's fan? Top these delicious bars with some almond butter or peanut butter. If you’re more of a Mound's lover, add in more coconut or throw in a little mint extract if Thin Mints is your thing. Whatever kind of candy bar you like, serve it up healthy this Halloween! 

Halloween kicks off months of festivities and there is no point in throwing in the towel on health until 2020 or missing out on all the fun. Whatever your holiday traditions are, steer clear of the on and off-track mentality and stick to the one track that matters—yours.

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Dressed up dessert

Costumed Candy Bars
Halloween is filled with tricks, treats, and, most of the time, stomach aches. Make your own version of your favorite candy bars with this gluten-free, dairy-free treat! Reese's fan? Top these delicious bars with some almond butter or peanut butter. If you’re more of a Mound's lover, add in more coconut or throw in a little mint extract if Thin Mints is your thing. Whatever kind of candy bar you like, serve it up healthy this Halloween! 

Halloween kicks off months of festivities and there is no point in throwing in the towel on health until 2020 or missing out on all the fun. Whatever your holiday traditions are, steer clear of the on and off-track mentality and stick to the one track that matters—yours.

Mooch & Mel - MINDBODY
Written by
Mooch and Mel
Co-owners | Move With MM
About the author
A finalist in America's Most Inspiring Trainer, Mooch is a nutrition nut and personal trainer in bootcamp and cycling classes. Mel, a yoga instructor, life coach, and gut health educator, loves guiding others to overcome anxiety and feel more energized. Together, they bring a balance of compassion and tough love to help busy women who feel stuck, move!