On Wednesday morning when I arrived at work, I discovered a giant bowl of candy by the front door. Throughout the morning, both Ken & I snuck a few pieces and then we got to talking.

How long does it take to work off Halloween candy - even the littlest of pieces? I decided to do some research and what I found made me really sad.

Here's how long it will take to work off fun-sized candy bars that are likely to fill your pillowcase come Halloween, courtesy of Very Well Fit and Simplemost.com:

  • Kit Kat: To break off three pieces of the famous candy, you will need to run 20 minutes or walk "at a moderate pace" for 60 minutes. 
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cup: Just one will have you biking for 25 minutes or swimming laps for 15 minutes.
  • Almond Joy: Points for the healthy almond but you still need to take an "intense" aerobics class for 15 minutes, golf for the same amount of time or practice 30 minutes of yoga to burn off one bar.
  • Snickers: For two treats, lift weights for 45 minutes or take an hour-long yoga class.
  • M&M's: Three mini-packs will have you taking 30 minutes out of your day to go dancing with friends or hiking cross-country.
  • Hershey's: Head to the court for 10 minutes of racquetball or grab a jump rope for the same amount of time.
  • Whoppers: Row for 10 minutes or go on a slow jog for a mile.
  • Candy Corn: Take a brisk walk for 35 minutes or play ping pong for half an hour, if you eat just 20 pieces.
  • Skittles: A small pack will have you hitting the treadmill at a moderate pace for 25 minutes.
  • Milky Way: Hit the street for 25 minutes at a moderate pace and multiply it if you have more than one.
  • Milk Duds: Walk at a moderate pace for 15 minutes to burn off one small box.

You can give or take a few minutes here and there, as exact variations vary depending on weight. Either way, this may make you think twice before mindlessly eating Halloween candy all month.

Or not.