Outdoor group training
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Easter Weight Gain – Not This Year!

You might have already had too many hot cross buns yesterday, but with tomorrow being Easter Sunday -it might be the day you have too many chocolates.

First – enjoy Easter. It only comes around once every year…but don’t let the food define this holiday. You don’t have to eat all your eggs in one day! Let yourself lash out a little bit, but keep your goals in mind too. If you don’t eat so well over this weekend, focus on being healthy and exercising just a touch more in the coming week. Everything balances out.

A few things to keep in mind

  • Chocolate is sold all day, every day. I’m not saying to go and buy it to eat every day! However, you don’t need to eat everything as if chocolate will go out of existence after Sunday.
  • The more sweet food you eat, the more you will crave! Keep it as something you only have sometimes.
  • Easter doesn’t have to mean weight gain, but if that’s your view on Easter, that might be what happens to you…
  • Don’t blame others for making you eat chocolate! If you’re given something, you don’t have to eat it right away. Challenge yourself to see how long you can keep your chocolates for! 1 month?
  • Before you put it in your mouth, think about how much you really want it. If it’s the first one, go for it. If it’s the 20th, have a think about what it might be doing to your body…
  • Many people give non-food gifts instead of chocolate – e.g. pyjamas, flowers, etc.

While many of us go away during this time and have family gatherings. There are also many of us who sit around and don’t really get a whole lot done over the long weekend. Use the time to go outside and get moving – whether it be on your own or with other friends or family members. Some ideas are below.

  • Organise a tournament or game with family/friends – e.g. tennis round robin, lawn bowls, volleyball. ping pong, soccer, etc.
  • Play outside with your children – take them to the park and bring a frisbee or ball.
  • Take the dog for a walk – they like to get outside too!
  • Go for a jog – somewhere new where you haven’t been can help make it more exciting.
  • Get the family together to go hiking or walking (you can take a picnic for afterwards).
  • Organise an Easter Egg hunt for Sunday – yes it involves chocolate, but at least it gets everyone moving around first! Use your imagination to make people work harder for the chocolates.
  • Go for a bike ride, discover new places!
  • Go rock climbing, bowling, or play paintball with a group of people.

Enjoy the weekend, have your chocolates but be active and eat healthy meals either side of eating the chocolates.