The Easter break is just around the corner, a time to spend quality time with family and friends over a meal and a drink… or most probably a few! Your workout routine progress doesn’t need to take a backstep but will be challenged with an overload of sensory flavours.
Most of all, the key to staying on top of your training this Easter and resisting the over-indulgence of food is knowing to maintain a BALANCE.
It’s most likely many of us will be tempted to take a step off the pedal a little and enjoy the Easter festive season, I know I will, it’s totally normal. Just remember, you don’t want to go overboard and ruin all the hard work and results you’ve been achieving over the past few weeks!
My secret this year is forward planning. You can do this by mitigating your indulgence a little in the lead up to Easter. Like everyone else, I too will be busy celebrating my family and friends and eating more chocolate than normal!
So really think ahead and plan! In the weeks leading up to Easter, I ensure my training is regular and my food choices are a healthy option. There are times I will crave some type of “bad food” and I’ll remind myself to consider the hard work out I just did and consume a smaller portion instead. It’s okay to reward yourself, but make sure your training does not take a step backwards.
With no shortage of chocolate and hot cross buns on Easter Sunday, I will be conscious of how many I eat and aim to replace these temptations with my regular snacks or a piece of fruit and plenty of water. Regularly staying hydrated will help stop sugar cravings and give your body some of the nutrients it needs.
The other important thing to do is to make sure that every other meal you eat over Easter is healthy and in sync with your workout. Make sure you give your body the nutrients it needs. If you constantly remind yourself about ‘balance’ then you won’t have to work that much harder on the treadmill to undo all the bad food you ate and all those extra calories.
So enjoy yourself this Easter, I know I’m going to, but remember to think ahead, add a pitch of balance to that cheeky meal and when Easter is over you will feel really proud that you were able to have a guilt free Easter celebration!
Have a Happy BALANCED Easter!
The Carousel would like to thank Lauren Hannaford for her article.
Lauren Hannaford is a former Wiggles Character, Dorothy the dinosaur, elite gymnast and fitness model. She is also founder of the fitness program FHIT by Lauren Hannaford. She is all about encouraging Australians, women, families, mothers and even teens/children to lead healthier and more active lifestyles. Her passion for health and fitness evolved over the years, branching out into dancing, fitness modelling, personal training and today a fitness entrepreneur.