Halloween festivities are unfortunately now over. With Hallohomecoming weekend as we call it lasted from Thursday night until last night, I am sure we are all as exhausted and in need of a detox as much as I am. Whether it’s candy, tailgating food or drinks that you need to burn off, I have compiled the ultimate Halloween workout plan that will shed the calories but make you feel like the spirit of Halloween is not over yet.
Here are some ways you can continue Halloween:
- Deck out your favorite workout clothes in a Halloween accessory or your favorite costume
- Listen to Halloween music while working out
- Do a circuit of Halloween themed moves
- Add a Pumpkin to your workout
Different Halloween costumes that you can wear as your workout outfit:
- A pumpkin shirt
- Cat ears and a tail
- A partner costume to wear with your workout buddy
- An 80’s workout costume with leg warmers.
The list can go on but these are just some ideas that you can do to spice up your Halloween workout.
A Halloween playlist that will get you motivated and your feet moving:
- Black Magic Woman by Santana
- Thriller by Michael Jackson
- Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett
- Ghostbusters by Ray Parker, Jr.
- Disturbia by Rihanna
- I’m Your Boogie Man (Workout Mix) by Power Music Workout
- Kernkraft 400 by Zombie Nation
- Black Cat by Janet Jackson
The Active Times website wrote an article on a Halloween-themed workout that the American Council on Exercise developed. I am going to provide you with a few exercises that you can pair together. Do each exercise for 45 seconds. Perform each pair three times through and then recover for a minute and start the next pair. If you click on the link, the article will provide you with more spooky exercises that you can pair together.
This mummy exercise will engage the core the most. Lay like a mummy on the ground with your legs straight, back on the ground and hands to your legs. Sit up straight and then lower yourself back to the ground.
This exercise is similar to the Superman exercise that I used to do, but now I do this one because I feel more sore afterwards. All you do is lay on your stomach with your arms stretched out straight over your head and your legs straight. You then lift up your arms, legs and head and keep them up while you reach your left arm to your left knee and then switch to the right. Don’t relax to the ground until the 45 seconds is over.
Spider Plank Push-Ups
I attempted to do this exercise at the gym and it was quit challenging. Go into the plank position leaning on your hands. As you go down into a push-up, bring your right knee up to your right elbow and then push back up. Repeat the push up but on the left side now. I personally found it helpful when I made a goal for the amount of push-ups I would complete before stopping, because personally I can’t do push-ups for 45 seconds straight yet. As I do these exercises more, I hope that I can get to 45 seconds without needing to stop.
This exercise reminds me of the crab walk. Leaning on both hands and feet with your torso up, walk a certain distance and then turn around.
The last way to continue your Halloween style workout is to add a pumpkin. Do each exercise for 45 seconds and then switch. Take a one minute break after doing three exercises in a row. The next few exercises are some options that you can try:
- Seated Russian Twists
- Goblet Squat
- Side Lunge
- Overhead Triceps Extension
- Pumpkin Swing
- Sit-Up to Toes
- Uneven Push-Up
Seated Russian Twists
Balance on your glutes and raise your legs. Hold a pumpkin in your hands and twist from side to side.
Put the pumpkin in front of you, put your hands on the pumpkin in plank position and go down and up for one push-up.
Hold the pumpkin in front of you with your feet shoulder width apart and with back flat, squat down and then come up and bring the pumpkin over your head. That counts as one.
Hold the pumpkin in front of you and stand up straight. Put your left leg to the left and lunge with the pumpkin reaching to touch the ground. Keep your back flat and your head looking forward.
Overhead Triceps Extension
Hold the pumpkin above your head and put one foot slightly behind you. Lower the pumpkin behind your head for and raise it up straight again. Make sure to keep your elbows slightly bent when the pumpkin is above your head.
Hold the pumpkin out in front of you with your feet should width apart. As you go down into a squat, swing the pumpkin in between your legs and then swing it back up. Keep your head looking forward.
Go in the sit-up position with the pumpkin above your head and your arms extended holding the pumpkin. Bring the pumpkin up and touch your knees with the pumpkin. Lower yourself back to the starting position slowly and repeat.
Sit-Up to Toes
Lie on your back and lift your legs so they are perpendicular to the ground. Hold the pumpkin in your hands and reach the pumpkin up, lifting your shoulders off the group and reaching for your toes.
With the pumpkin on the ground, go into plank position with one hand leaning on the pumpkin and the other on the ground. Go down and up for one push-up.
Decking out your workout outfit in with Halloween accessories, listening to Halloween music, doing a circuit of Halloween themed moves and adding a pumpkin to your workout will make it feel like the Halloween candy, tailgating food and drinks were all worth the calories.
Peace, Love and DDP,