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Halloween Inspired Workouts to Get You in the Spooky Spirit

by Yes Health Team

Happy Halloween all you ghouls, cats, and kittens! Whether your holiday plan is to marathon scary movies, go trick-or-treating, or attend Covid-approved gatherings, let’s start off your day with a Halloween-inspired workout to get you in the spooky spirit.

Benefits of a Halloween Workout:

  • Boosts your metabolism and burns calories all day long, meaning you can indulge (preferably with healthy Halloween treats) guilt-free!
  • Supports your immune system in case you’re in social settings
  • Increases your energy for Halloween festivities
  • Trains you to survive any scary movie situation

Halloween Workout: Warm up

Zombieland Cardio Warm Up

Rule #1 of surviving Zombieland? Cardio. Get your heart racing and train your fast twitch muscles for the zombie apocalypse in this quick cardio warmup.

24-minute Halloween Workout Circuit

Ready to get your boo-ty into shape with some killer moves? Here’s a full-body workout to do in 24 minutes, before your Halloween activities begin. Cue the Halloween music playlist.

Coach note: Perform each exercise at your own pace for 1 minute (taking short breaks if needed). Repeat the entire circuit 4 times. Aim to rest for 1-1:30 minutes at the end of each complete circuit. 

This workout can be done with bodyweight only, but if you’re up for a challenge, here are some optional equipment that can boost the intensity and calorie-burn:

  • One moderate-heavy dumbbell (or a medium-sized pumpkin)
  • Loop resistance bands

Monster Walks

Do this monster walk to activate your core and glutes. Loop resistance bands recommended, but not required. 

Axe Wood Chops

Amityville Horror fans, this one’s for you! This axe-chopping exercise will result in some killer obliques. 

Pumpkin Goblet squat

pumpkin goblet squat
Image source: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/photo-gallery/35888891/image/35888925/Goblet-Squat

Pick up your pumpkin and get squatting. For best form, keep your weight in your heels, knees over your ankles, and chest proud. To make this squat more challenging, add a loop resistance band above your knees.

Skull Crushers

woman doing dumbbell skull crushers on a bench
Image source: https://www.verywellfit.com/doing-the-triceps-extension-skullcrusher-3498313

This tricep-focused move will build skull-crushing arm strength, but take caution not to crush your own! This exercise can be done lying on a bench or standing. For best form, make sure to keep elbows in and not flared out.

No dumbbell or pumpkin? No problem. Sub this move for a chair tricep dip, which will target the same muscle group.

Mummy Kicks

This mummy-inspired move will sculpt your whole body and get your heartrate back up between lower-intensity exercises.

Deadbugs

You might feel like a dead bug once you get to the end of this circuit, but this low intensity exercise will help you reset and get ready for the next round. This beginner-friendly move is also one of the best moves to strengthen and stabilize your core. 

Halloween Workout: Cool Down

Animal Yoga

 

Cool down from your workout and get the kids involved in this animal-pose inspired yoga flow. 

Final Thoughts: Halloween Inspired Exercises

Although this Halloween-inspired workout can be modified for beginners to advanced levels, it’s important to note that not all exercise is suitable for everyone. Please check with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise routine, and stop if you feel pain or severe discomfort when performing an exercise. 

If you’re looking for more healthy holiday-themed recipes or workouts, try Yes Health free for 14 days, and see what your health coach recommends for you.

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