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Simply Fit, by Cindy Haskin-Popp, will help you make physical activity a part of everyday life. The health benefits of regular exercise and overall daily physical activity will be discussed. Fun, practical and easy-to-follow tips on an exercise program will be shared, as will the most current research. Fitness tips for families and seniors, on fitness centers and on buying proper and affordable equipment will be regularly given. 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

How Much Exercise Do I Have To Do If I Eat This? A Look Into The Haunting Facts About Halloween Candy

If you are like me, you might be tempted to set aside a treat or two for yourself when handing out Trick-or-Treat candy tonight.  Before you do, consider these potentially frightening facts:*
  • Mars Twix PB chocolate cookie bars, Net WT 1.68 oz, contains 250 calories. To burn off these calories, you would have to walk at a pace of 3.5 mph for approximately 52 minutes.
  • Nestle Butterfinger bar, Net WT 2.1 oz, contains 270 calories. To negate these extra calories you would need to participate in an aerobic dance class for about 37 minutes.
  • Snickers bar, Net WT 2.97 oz, contains 280 calories. You would need to rake leaves for approximately an hour to maintain a caloric balance if you ate one of these.
  • Hershey's Zero bar, Net WT 1.85 oz, contains 230 calories. Jogging for approximately 28 minutes will justify this indulgence.
  • 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp bars, Net WT 1.10 oz, contains 170 calories. Approximately 48 minutes of bowling will burn off these extra calories.
*Exercise times are estimated for an individual weighing 150 pounds.

Note: Before beginning an exercise program or increasing the intensity level of a current routine, a physician's approval should be obtained, especially for older adults and those at risk for or who currently have chronic health conditions.

Compendium of Physical Activities: Classification of Energy Costs of Human Physical Activities; Barbare E. Ainsworth et al.

ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription

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