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Exercise at Easter: An Eggsellent Idea!

Who can believe it – it’s Easter this weekend already!

Before the Winter cold officially takes over, Easter is a great reason to be getting out and about and making use of the beautiful weather and sunshine.

“With the Easter long weekend, it’s a great time to get together with family and friends, but to also keep up our physical activity to reduce the effects of those guilty pleasures we all indulge in,” says ESSA Chief Executive Officer, Anita Hobson-Powell.

Statistics show that nearly 70% of Australian adults are either sedentary or have low levels of physical activity, and two-thirds of children aren’t undertaking the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Most Australians say that ‘lack of time’ is a key factor, but with the Easter break, you’ll have some extra time up your sleeve!

“Easter gives us the chance to reflect on our health and the goals we made for the New Year. Have we kept up with them? Do we need to re-adjust? Most of us made plans to become more active – now is the best time to put those plans in to action,” says Ms. Hobson-Powell.

On average, an Australian eats 4.5kg of chocolate every year, and a 100g Easter egg takes roughly a 2-hour walk for women, and a 1.5-hour walk for men, to burn off. No one is suggesting to ditch the bunny and chocolate eggs, but exercising over Easter will keep your body healthy during the break.

“There’s no need to rule out chocolate all together, but it’s a good idea to monitor the chocolate bunny and eggs in-take and to complement it with moderate exercise.”

“Make sure you make an effort to get outside and enjoy the great weather, whilst also keeping active and healthy.”

5 Eggsellent Easter Exercise Ideas

  1. Easter Egg Hunts
    Whilst a cherished past-time for children, getting the young and old involved can ensure everyone is moving and active whilst searching from some chocolatey treats.
  1. Bike Rides
    Just grab your helmet and bike and off you go! A bike ride down to a local park or just around the neighbourhood is a great idea for you and the whole family.
  2. Swimming
    Before it starts to get too cold, make great use of the sunshine by heading down to your local beach or swimming pool. Swimming is also great for those with joint issues.

  3. Easy Walks
    Easter can be a busy time, so don’t forget to take some time out from the chaos and chocolate and go for a casual walk or jog to get you, and everyone else, out of the house.
  4. Hiking
    We live in a beautiful country, so why not use your long weekend to head out to a local national park or mountain for a hike. Hiking trails always range between beginner and experienced. Don’t forget to wear the right shoes and take lots of water!