Sneak Too Much of Your Kid’s Easter Candy? Here’s How to Burn It Off

by John Rowley

Sneak Too Much of Your Kid’s Easter Candy? Here’s How to Burn It Off

Kids will run off their extra candy calories during their Easter Egg hunts, but we parents aren't as lucky

Easter means all of our favorite seasonal treats: Cadbury Creme Eggs, Peeps, Robin's Eggs and Reese's Eggs. Our kids should have no trouble running off their sugar highs (and extra calories) during their Easter Egg hunts. But we parents, however, aren't as lucky. Even though we promise to "burn it off at the gym tomorrow," most of us don't take the time to think, "what will it actually take to burn off these tasty indulgences?" I hate to break it to you, but just one egg takes about 60 minutes of cardio!

So before you hit the clearance aisle for more jelly beans or sneak another piece of chocolate from your kid's Easter basket, think of what you might be doing to your waistline. Here are five popular Easter candies and how you can work them off:

Five Peeps (1 serving size)

  • Calories: 140
  • Sugar: 34g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Workout: It will take 20 minutes of rowing, 80 burpees or 20 minutes of swimming laps to burn off five Peeps.

Cadbury Mini Eggs (12 pieces)

  • Calories: 110
  • Sugar: 27g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Workout: It will take a 30-minute run at moderate pace or 20 minutes of jumping rope to burn off 12 mini eggs.

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Eggs (seven eggs)

  • Calories: 200
  • Sugar: 22g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Workout: It will take a 30-minute elliptical workout at a moderate pace or 50 minutes of boxing to burn off seven milk chocolate eggs.

Reese's Peanut Butter Egg (just one egg)

  • Calories: 170
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Workout: It will take 35 minutes of moderate aerobics or 20 minutes of jumping jacks to burn off one egg.

Jelly Beans (35 per serving)

  • Calories: 140
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Fat: 2g
  • Workout: It will take a 30-minute moderate bike ride or 25 minutes of box jumps and high knees to burn off a serving.

John Rowley is a certified trainer, ISSA Director of Wellness and bestselling author of "The Power of Positive Fitness" and "Climb Your Ladder of Success Without Running Out of Gas." He has also released UX3: The Body-Shaping Beverage™ – a comprehensive meal strategy for those who are looking for optimal fitness results.