Halloween is quickly approaching, which means kids will soon be tempted with “King Size” candy bars and endless amounts of sugary treats. Jason Jablonski, Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Member and certified Cycling and Youth Fitness Trainer, recommends ways to keep children fit during the Halloween season.
Encourage children to get involved in holiday activities. Parents and older siblings should encourage children to do something festive for during the holiday such as going to harvest festivals, pumpkin carving or decorating the home. By engaging in the Halloween activities, children will be able to enjoy the holiday without focusing on the excessive amount of candy.
Allow children to choose a “few” pieces of candy. Encourage children to pick out a few pieces of candy that they can have the night of Halloween. Then, let them choose one piece a day. “This teaches moderation and also gives them a treat every day, something many adults can learn from,” says Jablonski. “Too many people try to restrict their diets so much that they have nothing to look forward to during a meal.”
Keep healthy snacks in the house. It is important to keep healthy snacks, such as fruit, in plain sight during the holiday season. Apples and dried fruit provide the fiber and vitamins that candy can’t offer, and there are many all-natural varieties that kids will love. Other ideas include making yogurt parfaits using low-fat yogurt and fruit or homemade fruit-juice popsicles.
Take advantage of outdoor activities and sports. Fall is an easy time for kids to enjoy the outdoors. The temperature is perfect for outdoor play and the scenery is beautiful. Make after school play dates for your child’s friends, get them involved in a new sport, or just have them help you with yard work. Make sure to praise the children for playing hard or participating in any type of physical activity, regardless of ability level. “Just because the child isn’t the best soccer player now, doesn’t mean that they don’t have the determination to excel,” says Jablonski. -A little encouragement goes a long way.”GO BACK