There is no doubt that this Easter is a holiday that is designed around food. From hearty family meals to alcohol and of course a lot of chocolate. I don’t see any harm in enjoying yourself on this day, but there are a few things that you can do to lessen the blow to all of the hard work you have been doing.
This is going to be a hard one to follow, and I’m sure some of you will probably have a blow out over this holiday, but if you must do that, try not to do it over the entire long weekend. It is likely that you will end up feeling sluggish and low if you do. I would maybe have a rule-free day, and then try to start applying moderation to your snacking and drinking.
One tip I would give you is to be smart about your treats. If you are eating chocolate and drinking alcohol, then you probably don’t need cake too, or more than a bite or two anyway. If you are gorging on sweets, you may not also need seconds at dinner. Consider what you are having and how it will make you feel.
Yes, drinks have calories in them too, what a surprise! Try to have drinks that are a bit lighter on them such as white wine, vodka soda or sugar-free cocktails. Beer, cocktails, juice, soft drinks and all full of calories
Odds are that you are probably going to feel pretty full after Easter lunch and therefore are likely to start feeling sleepy. To counteract the sleepiness I suggest that you do a quick HIIT workout, even if it is just for 10 minutes.
30 seconds on and 30 seconds off of one or a few of the following exercises:
• Skipping rope
• Clean and press
• Pop Squats
This is an obvious one, yet so many of us fail to hydrate after a big day of sunshine, drinking or enjoying a massive meal and therefore we become dehydrated and may not feel our best the next day as a result.
Make sure you drink plenty of water if you are having a big day. If you are drinking, have a glass of water between each drink. Your body (and your skin) will thank you for it.
If you are feeling dehydrated, consider having coconut water as it is full of electrolytes which will need to be replaced.
Ben Lucas is owner of Flow Athletic, Flow Training Centre and Flow Revive. He is a former NRL player for the Sharks, ultra-endurance runner and celebrity trainer.