Trying not to overindulge this Easter? Sam Wood says you don't have to give it all up, it's all about breaking even.
It's that time of year again. A time full of warm hot cross buns, Easter egg hunts, long lunches and chocolate everything. Yep, Easter is arguably the best time of year. Not only because it equals treats and choccies, but because it’s a time to take a break, relax, unwind, and enjoy some much-needed R&R with family and friends.
While it's good to take some time out, over indulging on chocolate and tasty treats isn't so good and can really set you off track when it comes to staying healthy.
The good news is, you can enjoy your hot cross buns and choccies this Easter (in fact - give my healthy hot cross bun recipe a go!).
The key is to keep it all in balance. I know from experience how challenging this can be but it's not worth the frustration of undoing all your hard work and progress over Easter.
The main thing to keep in mind is, what goes in must be burnt off. So don’t use it as an excuse to completely throw all of your hard work out the window. Instead, try to be realistic and focus on breaking even rather than losing weight over this holiday period.
Here are some tips to help you stay committed to your workouts and break even this Easter.
1. The earlier, the better
I often say that the best time to work out is when you actually will, but when it comes to exercising over Easter (or any holiday for that matter), smashing it out in the morning is your best option. Working up a sweat and getting your workout done and dusted means you can enjoy the day ahead. Let’s be honest, the chances that you’re actually going to work out after a food coma-inducing lunch are slim to none.
2. Think quality, not quantity
Aim for shorter, more intense workouts and try to get 28 minutes of high intensity interval training under you belt each day - 28 minutes is really the magic number. Remember, its only four percent of your day, so it won’t seem too daunting to accomplish and won’t feel like you’re eating up valuable time that could be spent with friends and family or chiilling out on the couch. If you are used to working out in the gym, see my guide to working out anywhere, anytime without a gym.
3. Get your whole crew involved
There’s no doubt about it, Easter is a time to be spent with family and friends, so why not organise some fun non-food focused activities that everyone can be involved in.
One of my favourite things to do over Easter is to write some sneaky clues and organise an Easter egg hunt at the park. Let the kids have a run around and spend some time running after them too. Trust me, this will be more of a workout than you might think! Camping, a walk to the beach or group bike rides are also an awesome way to squeeze in some incidental exercise.
4. Have realistic expectations
I believe creating realistic expectations over these busy, social times of year is always the way to go. As long as you know which day you’re going start your healthy eating and your usual workout routine again, your hard work won't come undone. But don't let your Easter indulgences drift into May, stay motivated. If there's excess amounts of leftover chocolate in the house, resists the temptation and do your best to stay on track.