Easter is fast approaching and at this time of year, lots of people are thinking of chocolate.

Many indulge over the easter period so we thought we’d share some tips on how to keep your diet and discipline in check.

We can’t blame you for having a sweet tooth, but refusing to indulge can really keep your progress on track. So, let’s look at some key ideas as to how you can make the most of Easter from a fitness point of view.

Don’t abandon your exercise routine

You may have some time off work but make sure to get a workout in over the long easter weekend, and that goes double if you find yourself eating more over this period. Remember, the worst workout you attend is better than the best that you skip.

Workout at home

You may have responsibilities over Easter that make it hard to get to the gym, so instead you could replace a gym session with a short cardio workout at home. It takes little preparation to grab a skipping rope and blast out a few sets. It’s an amazing exercise and will certainly help you burn off some calories, probably also keeping your metabolism up throughout the day. Not only that, but it will break your routine and give you that workout high as well.

Go for whole grain buns

Most hot cross buns are made with refined flour and sugar, meaning that your body will digest them quickly and they’re more likely to be turned into fat. If you’re not looking to rule out hot cross buns, then go find some whole grain ones. They’ll have more fibre, vitamins and minerals than regular ones and that extra fibre will mean they’re not digested as quickly.

Look for dark chocolate eggs

Most people aren’t going to stay completely away from chocolate this Easter, so another option is to go for dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate because it’s a bit healthier. It contains fewer calories and has polyphenols and antioxidants. Polyphenols help regulate blood sugar and antioxidants help prevent cellular damage.

Have a happy Easter!

Now that we’ve got the brief exercise and diet advice out of the way, let’s remember that Easter is a special time of year so don’t forget to see the ones you love and have a good time. You can’t gain a massive amount of weight in just four days anyway, so chances are you’re not going to ruin months of progress.