These days lots of people wear activity trackers to keep tabs on their movement and count steps they take every day. These devices track the distance you’ve traveled and calories burned, which can help you stay mindful about the calories you’re taking in as well.
Most of us don’t realize just how many steps we have to take to burn off our favorite treats. But when we find out that even a small treat like a Kit Kat bar can require us to walk more than 6,000 steps to burn off, it could make us rethink tearing open that wrapper.
Check out how many steps it takes to work off some of our favorite candy bars:
3 Musketeers - 212 calories, 6,625 steps
Almond Joy - 232 calories, 7,250 steps
Butterfinger -216 calories, 6,750 steps
Kit Kat - 220.5 calories, 6,891 steps
M&Ms Plain - 236 calories, 7,375 steps
M&Ms Peanut - 242.5 calories, 7,578 steps
Milky Way - 228.5 calories, 7,141 steps
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - 222 calories, 6,938 steps
Snickers - 273 calories, 8,531 steps
Twix caramel - 284.5 calories, 8,891 steps
York Peppermint Patty - 149 calories, 4,656 steps
But if adding an extra 7,500 steps to your day so you can enjoy some M&Ms isn’t for you, try starting with a short walk in the morning and you may not even want the sweets. Research has shown that a quick 15-minute walk can cut cravings for treats like candy bars. And walking has been linked to better weight control, as well as lowered risk for diabetes and high blood pressure.