Work off the candy with pumpkins

Fitness instructor Kara Babcock shows how to do exercises with pumpkins. (Submitted photos)

Fitness instructor Kara Babcock shows how to do exercises with pumpkins. (Submitted photos)

Commentary by Kara Babcock

Ghosts, Goblins, Ghouls and of course…candy. It’s Halloween! During this spooky season where are our little ones are dressing up as their favorite princesses or superheroes, it’s hard to resist the temptation of all the delicious (yet calorie-filled) treats! If you do decide to indulge in more of the “treating” rather than the “tricking.”

Baby Boot Camp has come up with some ways that you can work off calories while still having fun with your little one by using a pumpkin to help stay fit!

1. Pumpkin Wall Sit: Standing with your back against a wall, place your feet two feet in front of you, hip-distance apart. Bending your knees, slide your back down the wall until your knees are at 90-degree angles. Holding the pumpkin with both hands, raise until the pumpkin is at chest level. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.

2. Squat with Pumpkin Press: Holding a pumpkin in your hands at chest level, push your hips back and squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor with your eyes up, your chest and knees out. Stand up and press the pumpkin overhead. Increase the intensity by jumping up squat position while pressing the pumpkin overhead then land softly and repeating. Perform for 30 seconds.

3. Jack-O-Climbers: Place a pumpkin on the floor. Place your hands on the pumpkin and assume a push-up position with your abs pulled in and tighten your glutes, and keeping a straight line from the head through the heels.  Bring one knee to your chest while keeping your hips and shoulders square, then switch sides and repeat with each leg. Perform for 30 seconds.

Kara Babcock is owner and ACE certified instructor at Baby Boot Camp in Carmel, Noblesville, and Fishers. She can be reached at

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