The colder weather is fast approaching us and so is Easter. With Easter just around the corner so are the parties, indulging, overeating and running around like crazy. On average, Australians gain 0.8-1.5kg over the Easter period. It might not sound like much, but researchers have identified that weight gained over the holidays is rarely lost.
Here are five tips to help you stay healthy over the Easter period.
- Exercise: It is important to keep up with your exercise routine as staying active will help you feel better. Try and exercise outside as much as possible, taking advantage of the warmer weather that we will have over Easter. During winter exercising in the gym or doing a few exercises at home can help with the chilly weather.
- Relaxation: As much as Easter is a great time to catch up with family and friends, remember to take some time out for yourself. Take a few moments in the day to practice meditation or stress-relieving breathing techniques. Plan your shopping in advance, write a list of all the presents you need to buy and avoid busy crowds.
- Nutrition: Try to make healthier choices this Easter. It’s quite easy to get carried away with all the Hot Cross Buns, chocolates, shortbreads and party foods, but before over-indulging remember how it’s going to make you feel the next day. By having a small amount of chocolate during the day, but keeping the rest of your meals healthy, will allow you to indulge in the perks of Easter and stay on track.
- Hydration:Remember to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. If you enjoy having an alcoholic beverage, remember to alternate every drink with a glass of water and don’t drink on an empty stomach!
- Sleep: Over the Easter period your internal clock will be making it extra difficult for you to wake up. If you haven’t gotten enough sleep the night before, waking up will be nearly impossible. Make sure you continue with your normal bedtime routine and aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
Remember that your health is not determined by what you do during the Easter period, but by what you do during all of the other times too. Stress can be as bad for your health as sugar, so remember to relax and make the most of your family during the holidays.
Article Written by Michael Zeibekkis Myotherapist.