12 Apr Egg-cellent tips for not getting too excited this Easter
A time synonymous with overindulging on the treats the ‘Easter Bunny’ so generously delivers; and whilst you shouldn’t feel guilty for treating yourself every known and again – it’s important to make sure you keep moving.
Staying healthy isn’t all about counting calories; but it’s quite shocking to know that scoffing a 100g chocolate Easter egg comes at a calorific cost which will take roughly a 2hr 15minute walk for women, and 1hr 36minute walk for men to burn off.
It can be hard to muster up the energy to workout after consuming copious amounts of sugar, although it can give you a ‘sugar rush’ – excess sugar in the short term can zap your energy and make you crave more sugar.
With that in mind though; here’s some egg-cellent news: a study from the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that that the negative effects of extra fructose, sucrose and glucose were significantly less detrimental when participants exercised more.
When physically exerting ourselves; we increase our insulin sensitivity. This in turn means that our body uses less insulin to absorb the sugar we consume, keeping our bloody sugar levels in check, making us more energetic and curbing the chocolate cravings.
Tips to stay on track this Easter:
Save the indulging for Sunday
The chances are that there are several bunnies hopping around your house on the lead up to the Easter Weekend. Keep them out of sight and only bring them out on Easter Sunday rather than eating an egg every day over the Easter weekend!
Don’t get sucked in by the discounts
Easter Egg prices plummet the day after Easter; try not to get sucked in by buying several extra eggs just because they’re ‘cheap’ – if you want to buy some ‘treats’ to have occasionally after the Easter Weekend, look for smaller eggs, or punnets of individual chocolate eggs so you’re not tempted to eat a whole Easter Egg each time you open one.
Quality over Quantity
Treat yourself to some posh chocolate eggs for Easter, these are generally smaller, and you’ll want to savour every mouthful!
Choose dark Chocolate
If you like dark chocolate, choose those egg options over milk chocolate. Dark chocolate is not only packed with anti-oxidants but also contains less sugar, more fiber and more iron than milk chocolate.
Take advantage of being off work with family and friends, and the good weather and start your day with a morning walk or bike ride. You won’t feel as guilty when you treat yourself to some chocolate!
Here’s a DIY workout for you to do over the Easter weekend if your regular classes aren’t scheduled or your routine’s thrown out of whack:
- 10 burpees
- 30 second squat hold
- 10 push ups
- 30 second plank
- 40 mountain climbers
- 20 russian twists
- 20 ankle taps
- 20 crunches
Rest 30 seconds.