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How Many Jumping Jacks Burn Off Halloween Candy

As we scarf down a fun-size Snickers from our coworker’s candy stash or take goodies from our kids’ trick-or-treating haul, we like to fool ourselves into thinking those tiny candy bars don’t have calories. But sadly, even though they’re small, they still do. And reading the calorie count doesn’t deter us from snacking, but you know what might? Seeing how many jumping jacks you’d have to do to work off those Halloween treats.

Doing vigorous jumping jacks for one minute - which is about 60 jumping jacks - burns only nine calories. That means for one fun size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, which has 110 calories, you’d have to do jumping jacks for 12 minutes and 12 seconds, or 734 jumping jacks, just to burn off those calories. But they’re so good, it’s worth it!

To put all those empty candy wrappers in perspective, here’s a list of how many jumping jacks it takes to burn off some of our favorite treat/fun size Halloween treats, based on a 150-pound woman:

  • 3 Musketeers - It has 63 calories, so it takes eight minutes or 420 jumping jacks
  • Almond Joy - 80 calories, so 534 jumping jacks, or eight minutes, 54 seconds
  • Butterfinger - 85 calories, nine minutes, 24 seconds, or 567 jumping jacks
  • Jelly Belly Jellybeans - Just 35 calories, so only four minutes or 234 jumping jacks
  • Kit Kat - It has 70 calories, so you’ll be doing jumping jacks for seven minutes and 48 seconds or 467 jumping jacks
  • Peanut M&Ms - They have 90 calories, so get ready to work - you’ll need to do 600 jumping jacks, or do them for 10 minutes
  • Nerds - This childhood favorite is only 50 calories, so five minutes and 36 seconds of jumping jacks, or 334 of them.
  • Snickers - These 80 calories are so tasty, you won’t mind the eight minutes and 54 seconds of jumping jacks, or 534 of them.
  • SweeTarts - This is the lowest calorie option on the list at just 10, so you’d only have to do 67 jumping jacks, or do them for one minute and six seconds.


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