18 Apr Enjoying Easter without the waistline blowout
Easter is a fantastic time of year. For many of us, it’s about spending time with family, those school holidays road trips, and let’s be honest – chocolate!
Now, we’re not opposed to treating yourself. Everything in moderation, right? But too many of those calorie dense Easter treats can play havoc with our waistline and health. Working off those Easter eggs and hot cross buns can take longer than you think…
How to burn off Easter snacks
|Treat||Kilojoules||67kg Female||80kg Male|
|Solid mini eggs (4)/25g||553kj||40 minute walk||30 minute walk|
|Hollow egg 9cm long (1)/50g||1106kj||30 minute run||25 minute run|
|AFL football egg (1)/300g||6636kj||3 hours 5 mins cycle||2.5 hours cycle|
|Small bunny (1)/100g||2212kj||1 hour 10 minute swim||57 minute swim|
|Medium bunny (1)/200g||4424kj||3 hours boxercise||2.4 hours|
|Large bunny (1)/500g||11060kj||3.5 hours squash||2.75 hours squash|
|Fruit hot cross buns (2)/144g total||1842kj||50 minute run||40 minute run|
|Fruit hot cross buns (2) with total 1.5 tbsp butter/144g + 30g||2757kj||1 hour 17 mins run||1 hour run|
|Chocolate chip hot cross buns (1)/67g||1030kj||1.5 hours yoga||1.25 hours yoga|
But it’s not all bad news! We asked Accredited Exercise Scientist, Liz Nelson, for her tips on enjoying Easter without the waistline blowout. Here’s what she said…
Try a HIIT workout
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. These short, time-effective workouts where a short high intensity burst of activity is paired with a longer recovery period and repeated for a set time, expends lots of calories and keeps metabolic rate elevated long after the workout is complete.
Enjoy treats in moderation
A balanced life where nutrition is concerned, should not be ALL or nothing. Treat yourself well and choose small high quality indulgences and savour every mouthful. Leave the generally low quality supersized choc bunnies on the shelf.
Focus on activities, rather than food
There are a plethora of options to enjoy – head to the beach, go camping, fishing, cycling or bushwalking or organise a backyard games tournament where the whole family can get involved.
An Easter holiday filled with plenty of fun, activity and the odd treat sounds pretty good, right?
If you need ideas around making healthy changes and exercising more, at Easter or any time of the year, your local exercise expert is here to help!
Liz Nelson is an Accredited Exercise Scientist and freelance writer. Liz provides health related content to a wide range of clientele from fitness professionals to mental health and addiction specialists.