For weeks, maybe even months. you walked down the candy filled Easter aisle at your grocer and thought of how to have a healthy Easter this year. Year after year the focus on candy has been endless and you would like to end this vicious, unhealthy cycle. But how can you turn candy filled eggs into something nutritious? And if you steer the holiday in a healthier direction, will the children be disappointed? These are all questions that most of us have contemplated. But there are ways you can turn the holiday to healthy without sacrificing fun! As a personal trainer and lover of health, I have several fitness tips for a healthy Easter, like these:
1 Knock It out in the Morning
As Easter gets closer, you may find that you're busier than usual getting ready to host guests and prepare the food. That might mean the end of the day comes and you're just too exhausted to fit in a workout. Use this handy video for a quick and effective springtime workout that you can get done right away when you get up in the morning.
2 Make Healthy Eating Choices
If you remain diligent about eating healthy as the days lead up to Easter, you'll be able to indulge a little bit on the big day. No one wants to turn down the hashbrown casserole so if you make low-calorie choices until Easter arrives, you should be able to eat a little more indulgently without ruining all of your goals. Check out the video for 30 healthy Easter recipes.
3 Get outside
The arrival of Easter means spring has sprung and now is the time to get outside. Even if you're not doing a formal workout, there are tons of opportunities to get moving in the great outdoors, which will help you burn calories and get fit. Try a walk in the park with your dog, play Frisbee with the kids or walk to complete nearby errands. You'll get moving and enjoy the fragrant fresh flowers that are popping up all over the place.
4 Register for a Race
A race is a great motivator because you have to be ready for it. That means you have to put in the time and effort necessary to train. Not only will that help you tone up and slim down for Easter, but you'll have something fun to look forward to as well. Check here for races in your area: active.com
5 Use Moderation
I am not going to say you should not eat a single piece of chocolate on Easter because if this is your weakness, having this rule is unrealistic. Get real with yourself and set limits. Several pieces of candy will not break the scale, whereas several bags can break your healthy eating plan. So focus on life in moderation! Choose the treats you can't live without (hello Cadbury cream egg) and skip the ones you can do without. Easy, right?
6 Watch Your Beverage Choices
This is a rule you should follow every day, not just as we get closer to Easter. Drinks can really ruin your healthy get fit goals because many of them are loaded with fat, sugar and calories. Choose water or unsweetened iced tea instead of soda, juice or energy drinks and you can save hundreds of calories. A smoothie can be a good choice if you make it the right way. This video gives you three healthy options. Bottoms up!
7 Entertain Lightly
Instead of focusing on countless high fat appetizers, high carb sides and endless desserts, refocus on health. Why not entertain healthily this year with a veggie platter, lean meat, mashed cauliflower and a fruit bowl? If you restructure your life, you will not feel deprived. This is a whole new approach to living the healthy way. Are you ready to make these changes?
Wishing you a happy and healthy Easter! So tell me, what are your Easter plans this year? Hope your plans involve health and fitness!
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