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Stay on track with your fitness program this Easter

Stay on track with your fitness program this Easter

Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn! It’s the Easter Holidays already, and a well-deserved break is at the order of the day. Sandy beaches, lazy days and quality family time are calling your name.

Thoughts of work and life’s stresses are out the door and your plans to exercise most probably are as well. If you’re a fitness junkie, thinking about missed workouts probably has you broken out in a cold sweat. If you’re on the other side of the fence, you probably need a bit of coercion to stick to a program.

No matter what side of the fence you’re on, you don’t need to pack up your home gym to take on your trip!

Here are the top tips to keep your diet and fitness regime on track.

Plan time for exercise – Exercise will help relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Aim for at least 3-4 workouts a week, for 30 minutes at a time.

Exercise in the morning – When you exercise first thing in the morning, you will feel refreshed and full of energy. Go for a 30 minute jog on the beach or a hike up the nearest hill.

Be realistic – Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays, but try instead to maintain your current weight.

Get Outside and Get Active – Instead of lounging around the beach house with the TV as company, insist that everyone head down to the beach for a game of volleyball or badminton.

Workout with a Fitness 26.com Personal Trainer– All you need is your iPad or Smart Phone and your Wi-Fi connection. There are fantastic short videos that use body-weight exercises to keep you in tip-top shape. If you don’t have dumbbells for the workouts, 2 cans of Baked Beans will do!

Plan time for exercise – Exercise will help relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Aim for at least 3-4 workouts a week, for 30 minutes at a time.

Exercise in the morning – When you exercise first thing in the morning, you will feel refreshed and full of energy. Go for a 30 minute jog on the beach or a hike up the nearest hill.

Be realistic – Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays, but try instead to maintain your current weight.

Get Outside and Get Active – Instead of lounging around the beach house with the TV as company, insist that everyone head down to the beach for a game of volleyball or badminton.

Workout with a Fitness 26.com Personal Trainer– All you need is your iPad or Smart Phone and your Wi-Fi connection. There are fantastic short videos that use body-weight exercises to keep you in tip-top shape. If you don’t have dumbbells for the workouts, 2 cans of Baked Beans will do!

Some favourites are: Full Body Intermediate Circuit

Core Workout (Back and Abs)

Bodyweight Leg Workout

Don’t skip meals – Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge.

Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor every bite of your favourite holiday treats, while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfy and enjoy.

Be careful with beverages – Alcohol can induce overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar.

If you overeat at one meal go light on the next – It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above maintenance consumption to gain one kilogram. Of FAT!

Take the focus off food – Turn baking time into group activities with family and friends.

Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday party.

Practice Healthy Holiday Cooking – Preparing favourite dishes lower in fat and calories will help promote healthy holiday eating. Incorporate some of these simple-cooking tips in traditional holiday recipes to make them healthier. Make use of Fitness26.com‘s delicious, Dietician approved recipes.

It’s easy to get carried away over the holiday season, which is why it’s important to know what you’re in for and plan ahead for the holiday happy hours,

Steer clear of the temptation to overdo it when the options in front of you are aplenty. While it’s OK to allow yourself to splurge on Easter eggs every once in a while, don’t allow it to become a regular habit.

Finding a healthy balance is the easiest way to sidestep the lure of holiday food and getting lazy!

 

By Letitia Kleynhans

 

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