Tips For A Healthy, Feel-Good Easter (That Include Your Favourite Easter Eggs)
With the Easter long weekend creeping up on us (where is the year going?!), we wanted to share some of our top tips for making it a healthy, feel-good time - whether you celebrate it as part of your religion, love a long weekend, or are simply looking forward to the treats!
And no, this article isn’t about waking up early to fit in a workout or knowing which exercises are the best for burning off an Easter egg. This is about finding balance, having fun, and remembering that eating your favourite foods and enjoying your downtime with family and friends are an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Health and happiness go hand in hand.
A good brekkie goes a long way
Before you get stuck into the Easter treats, starting the day with a nutritious breakfast can be a great way to fuel your body with long-lasting energy, and know that you’ve got some protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals in your tank! You’re also less likely to feel those spikes and crashes in your energy that often come from beginning the day with sugary foods.
Move your body to feel good and have fun
If you want to continue with your usual workout schedule over Easter, go for it! But if you’re heading away, are with family and friends, or simply want to hit pause on your workouts for a couple of days, don’t be afraid to change up your routine.
Getting active with your loved ones can be a great way to make memories and have fun together, whether it’s a walk, bike ride, swim, a hike in the wilderness, or some games in your local park or backyard! Want to squeeze in a quick full-body blast or keen to rope your friends into a weekend workout? Give one of these short workouts a go!
Moving your body at Easter (and at ANY time of year) shouldn’t be to burn anything off that you’ve eaten or to earn food - it should be about feeling good and taking care of your body. If you’ve got kids around, doing egg and spoon races or bunny hopping sack races are sure to get everyone laughing (and they can be just as fun for adults).
If you miss a workout, don’t worry about it! They will still be there after the weekend if you want to pick back up where you left off. If working out is your happy place and something you want to prioritise to de-stress or have some “me-time”, that’s cool too.
Stay hydrated and have healthy snacks on hand
Drinking water helps your body with digestion and breaking down what you’ve eaten, as well as helping to prevent constipation. Have a water bottle with you to replenish any fluids lost through sweat, breathing, or especially if you’re drinking alcoholic beverages as they dehydrate you faster.
Along with having water on hand, it can be a good idea to stock up on healthy food options for the weekend too. This is not about depriving yourself of your favourite treats or saying no to an Easter egg hunt, but about nourishing your body with vitamins and minerals too. Eating some fruit and vegetables will also aid digestion due to their high fibre and water content.
And let’s face it, sometimes after all the treats, a fresh piece of fruit is exactly what you feel like!
Don’t sweat it - it’s one weekend!
The most important thing to remember is that Easter doesn’t happen every week. Just like Christmas or your birthday, it’s a celebration that happens once a year and shouldn’t be something that causes you to feel stressed about your workouts or what you’re eating. One day or weekend isn’t going to ruin your long-term progress, and a healthy lifestyle should be both enjoyable and sustainable.
Focus on joy and gratitude
If Easter is a time that you struggle with your feelings around food and exercise, it can help to shift your mindset by focusing on what you are grateful for. This could be having your friends and family around, a chance to sleep in and relax, a lovely day for a walk outside, or enjoying delicious food with your loved ones.
Life is about joy, so if Easter is a weekend of celebration for you, focus on that. Relish this time and soak up every moment - it only happens once a year after all.
We would love to hear from you in the comments - how do you celebrate Easter?
* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.