From costumes to candy, Halloween is all about having a good time. Unfortunately, all of the festivities can leave us frightened to step on the scale. Our Halloween workout ideas can help you burn calories while having a devilishly good time.
Why Should I Incorporate Halloween Workout Ideas Into My Fitness Regimen?
You are less likely to abandon your fall workouts if they are fun. You can eliminate boredom by incorporating holiday-themed exercises and music into your fall workouts. Halloween workouts are the perfect chance to let your creative and fun side show while burning off some extra calories. This will help you maintain your momentum so that you are more likely to continue your workouts.
Should I Stretch Before Doing Halloween Fitness Exercises?
Whether you are doing Halloween fitness exercises or your standard workouts after Halloween, you should always prepare your body for physical activity with a warm-up. The Frankenstein Walk is a fun way to warm up for your Halloween workouts:
• Starting in a standing position, swing your left foot out in front of your body to about waist height while drawing your right hand toward the foot. After stepping down on your left foot, repeat the process with your right foot and left arm.
What Elements Should I Include in My Halloween Workouts?
You should look for Halloween workout ideas that improve your coordination, agility, endurance, strength, and balance. The following are examples of exercises that you can even use in your workouts after Halloween. Before beginning any new exercise regimen, check with your primary doctor to make sure you are safely able to do so.
Coordination: Walking the Pirate’s Plank
Start by getting into a plank position with your core flexed and your shoulders and hips square with the floor. “Walk the plank” by moving your right elbow and left foot forward followed by your left elbow and right foot. Once you reach the edge of the plank, which is your mat, press yourself up on your hands, hold for a few seconds, lower yourself back down onto your elbows, and then reverse the process.
Agility: The Pouncing Werewolf
Standing with your feet slightly wider than your hips and your toes angled outward, lower yourself into a squat with your arms by your sides until you can touch the ground with your fingertips. While tightening your core, explode upward while fully extending your arms and legs. Immediately lower yourself back into a squatting position. Try repeating the process six to eight times.
Endurance: The Crawling Spider
Start in a high push-up position. Move your left hand forward with the elbow slightly bent while simultaneously moving your left foot forward and drawing the knee toward the elbow. Repeat the process on the other side. You should keep low to the ground and flex your abs throughout the entire exercise.
Strength: The Awakening Vampire
Stand with your feet hip-width apart while holding dumbbells in front of your body with your palms facing together. Step your right foot out to the side while opening your arms into a reverse fly position. Bring your foot back in and your arms back to their original position. Repeat on the opposite side by stepping laterally with your left foot.
Balance: The Walking Mummy
Start in a standing position with your arms extended in front of your body so that your palms face the floor. Bend your knees slightly, place your weight on your right foot, and cross your left thigh over your right. While holding this position, wrap your arms in front of your body in a hug so that your hands rest on the opposite shoulder. Switch the crossing of your legs and arms after five to 30 seconds.
Should I Cool Down After My Halloween Exercises?
Cooling down after intense exercise allows your heart rate and respiration to return to normal and promotes relaxation. Try the Perched Gargoyle cool-down during your Halloween-theme exercise routine:
Stand with your toes turned slightly outward with a wider stance than your hips. With your fingertips behind your ears, slowly draw your shoulder blades together. Hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds to stretch your chest and shoulders. Next, slowly lower yourself into a low squat while keeping your heels on the floor. Place your hands on the ground between your feet while pulling your shoulders down to stretch the spine.
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