How to have your Easter chocolate, and eat it too

How to have your Easter chocolate, and eat it too

How to have your Easter chocolate, and eat it too

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Having four full days of sugar-loaded chocolates (and little exercise) this long Easter/Good Friday weekend is going to make you one very unhealthy bunny.

So, here are the stats: you’re consuming 172 calories from having one Cadbury Crème Egg (39g) and 514 calories from a 100g Lindt bunny made out of dark chocolate. That means, to work off those extra calories, you’ll have to walk for 45 minutes (or run for 20 mins) to burn off the former and walk for 150 minutes (or run for 60 mins) to work off the latter.

We’re not trying to starve you off the chocolate – there is no harm in giving in to indulgence and having some of these sweet treats, but if you’re chasing your #fitnessgoals, you’ll probably want to work those calories off.

Besides, having sweet treats and continuing your workout regime is having the best of both worlds, isn’t it?

Since life is all about having balance, we’ve crafted up a special long weekend workout plan so that you can have your share of sweets and work the calories off too. This special plan is intended to involve as many of your muscle groups as possible while also getting your heart rate up.

This is done by adding in short bursts of intensity throughout to allow your body to work harder to keep up. As your heart rate elevates, it engages more of your body, which results in an increase in overall strength and the burn off of calories.  

Here’s our long-weekend workout plan:

Good cardio for Good Friday – run for 20 mins at 70 per cent of your maximum heart rate, then walk for another 20 mins.

Easter Saturday challenge – Complete as many of the following within 5 mins: 20 crunches, 20 walking lunges, 10 burpees, 10 push-ups and 10 squats. Then rest for 1 min. Repeat this three times.

Circuit for Sunday – Plank for 1 min, do 10 push-ups, 20 step-ups and 20 squats. Repeat the circuit five times, with 1 min rest in between.

Double trouble Monday – Add some challenge to your skipping by adding two rotations of the rope for each jump. Do this over 3 to 5 sets of 30.  

Also, here are six food tips to help you keep a few extra calories off:

  1.     Don’t cave in to the post-Easter chocolate sale and load up on more chocolate.
  2.     Go for quality over quantity – choose the dark chocolate eggs or bunnies over the milk chocolate or other alternatives like the caramel-filled ones.
  3.     Don’t go overboard with other sugary foods like hot-cross buns or drinks like alcohol and maintain a balanced diet filled with lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meat; eat mindfully.
  4.     Don’t skip meals thinking that you’re doing yourself a favour so that you can gorge on more sweet treats.
  5.     Eat a decent breakfast – it keeps hunger at bay and regulates your metabolism so that you don’t overindulge in the later part of the day.
  6.    Ration your chocolate stash over a longer period instead of finishing it all over the Easter long weekend.