Tribe Tunes: October 25

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With Halloween only a few days away, today’s Tribe Tunes Tuesday are five Halloween themed jams that are not Thriller! These tracks are guaranteed to get your heart pumping during your next run or indoor ride!

Looking to spend your Halloween sweating from the workout, than from the candy? Join me at Barreworks from 6-7pm for a Spooky Halloween Spin.

Rihanna – Disturbia

Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff – Nightmare On My Street

Future Funk – Ghostbusters (Kill Paris Remix)

Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy

TLC – Creep

Pumpkin Pump-up

Before you grab that handful of gummy treats move more with these five pumpkin themed exercises to get you pumped up! Tune into CH Morning Live Tuesday October 28th at 9:45am to catch these moves during my regular sweat session segment. (UPDATE: Watch it here). And sorry, but I won’t be wearing my Purple People Eater costume on air. That was for a special free 3km children’s run that Tribe and I were extremely excited to support with our friends from Ivivva Yorkdale.

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These five moves require a pumpkin that you can safely lift which is also sturdy enough to hold your body weight. If it’s not Halloween, consider giving these five moves a try using a medicine ball, or without any equipment at all.

Total Reps: Perform as many reps as you can of each move in one minute, moving from one exercise to the next without stopping. Rest one minute, then repeat the sequence two more times through. Consider keeping track of your total rep count and try to beat your total next time. Be sure to keep safety in mind even when focusing on time.

1. Mountain Climber

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Starting on all fours in a table top position, place both hands on top of the pumpkin. Engage your core and lift your knees off the floor. Alternating one leg at a time, bring your knees in towards your wrists. Repeat for one minute.

2. Pumpkin Push Up

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Starting in a table top position, place both hands on top of the pumpkin. Engage your core and lift your knees off the floor. Slowly lower your chest towards the pumpkin and extending the elbow pushing yourself away, returning to the starting position. Repeat as many reps as possible in one minute.

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Modification: a. Consider remaining on your knees for the duration of the push-ups. b. Place one hand on the pumpkin and one hand on the floor, with legs on either the knees or toes. Be sure to repeat each set using each arm on the pumpkin.

3. Lunge with Twist

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Hold the pumpkin in front of the body with two hands while standing with feet shoulder-width apart. Step forward in to a standing split position and slowly lower your body until your front knee is bent at least 90 degrees. Pause and then engaging your core twist the pumpkin towards your bent leg. Untwist returning the pumpkin to center and press back up into a standing position. Repeat, alternating front legs and twists with each repetition.

4. Squat With Shoulder Press

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Hold the pumpkin in front of the body with two hands while standing with feet wider than shoulder-width apart. Extend arms below the body and use bend your legs moving into a squat position. Be sure to keep your knees behind your toes and press you seat back far. Bend your elbows curling the pumpkin up towards your shoulders as you return to stand, and finally press the pumpkin above your head as you return into a full standing position. Repeat.

5. Training Camp

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Sit on the ground with your knees bent to 90 degrees, holding the pumpkin with two hands. Lock your elbows into your ribs and lower your torso back until you sit at 45 degrees. Engage your core, and hold and twist your torso, and the pumpkin, to the right and then the left. Repeat.

Looking for ways to keep your kids healthy and active this Halloween? Check out last weeks post here.

How do you stay active and healthy when it’s holiday season? Share your tricks or healthy treats in the comments!

Celebrate a Healthy Halloween in Your Classroom

Halloween is one of my absolute favoruite holidays. Growing up we joked that our family celebrated Halloween in a similar style to how many families in our neighbourhood celebrated Christmas, and as an elementary school teacher, of course I carried this excitement into the classroom. So here are 4 tricks and treats for a healthy and active classroom  Halloween party.

1. Take the focus off of food.craft

With a little creative thinking and action your classroom party can have a lot to do with fun, while having little to do with food. Activities such as transforming the classroom into a haunted house, for your own students or others, a costume contest or school wide costume parade or even Halloween themed crafts can create a fun event that doesn’t include a sugary crash. Consider some of these non food activities for your next party: Top 5 Halloween Science Tricks and Classroom Halloween Activities for Any Grade.

2. Play some Ghost-ified Games Instead.

Halloween creates copious amounts of added energy to any classroom environment. So why not harness that energy and get kids moving! Give some of these games a try at your next classroom party!

  • Pumpkin Bowling: Use a real pumpkin pumpkinand in small groups students take turns rolling the pumpkin at a spooky target. Consider having multiple games set up at once to maximize participation, and definitely do this one outdoors!
  • Pumpkin Relay: In small groups students complete a regular running relay to instead of passing a baton, they pass a pumpkin. Consider having your class walk/run/move in various Halloween inspired ways (e.g., mummy walk, zombie hustle, monster shuffle).
  • Ghoulish Freeze Dance: A favourite amongst my students. Play some Halloween themed music and students move and groove to their hearts content. At random intervals stop the music and students must freeze in a ghoulish shape. If students are caught moving by the graveyard keeper they move to a second area and continue the game. Students flip back and forth between the two game spaces, because the point is to have them moving! Not sitting on the bench out 

3. Offer Inedible Treats.

Instead of providing your students with a day filled of sugary snacks, why not offer some items that are useful in the classroom? Consider providing Halloween themed pencils or Halloween shaped erasers. Stickers and vampire teeth are also a fun alternative to sweets. These items are much easier to come by now. Check out your local dollar store or party supply outlet for even more fun inedible options.

4. Try Some Healthy Haunted Snacks.dip

Even the healthiest party still needs some treats, so why not let your students sink their teeth into some healthy Halloween themed snacks. Whether it’s a veggie platter shaped like a mummy, or a black bean dip and guacamole grave yard, there are ways to keep your snacks healthy and fun. Check out this Pinterest board of Healthy Halloween Snacks and Activities.

How do keep Halloween healthy for school and at home? Share in the comments!