It’s one of our favorite times of the year where we get to watch spooky movies, dress in fun costumes, and eat delicious treats that are handed out by strangers, what’s not to love?!
Oh, I know!! The posts that are revolving around the idea that for each piece of candy you ate you have to do x number of push-ups, squats, burpees, and other exercises. This is the one thing that weighs everyone down because it takes the fun out of enjoying exercise and candy. As a friendly reminder you don’t want to work off the food you eat or punish yourself for what you ate.
Instead of worrying yourself about this or participating in this idea by sharing the post, just simply ignore it. You don’t have to support this idea nor do you have to even acknowledge it. In the case that you do see a post like this or someone is telling you that you’ll need to work harder next time you go to the gym, reminder yourself that you don’t have to do that.
Exercise is not for punishment, nor is it a way to earn certain foods, exercise is completely separate from food. Exercise is a tool used to enhance the quality of your life by helping you get better at daily movements and tasks. Food is fuel for the body and soul, the body by restoring and refueling it and the soul by bringing you together with people you love and sharing something delicious.
Rather than continuing to feed into a narrative that supports the idea of punishing you with exercise for the candy you ate, support the idea that exercise is a tool used to improve the quality of your life by enhancing your physical and mental capabilities. Also, candy is delicious and should be encouraged to be eaten, especially during this time of the year!!