The upcoming Easter long weekend offers a wonderful opportunity to take a break, spend time with loved ones, and indulge in some delicious chocolate treats. It’s also a great chance to prioritise your health and wellness with these helpful Easter tips.
E – Eat Right
Although we are surrounded by extra chocolate and sugary goodness it’s also important to remember to eat an abundance of healthy foods this Easter long weekend. The food we eat provides the energy and nutrients our bodies need to function properly. A balanced diet that includes a variety of foods from different food groups can help ensure that we get all the essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats, that our bodies need to stay healthy.
In addition to providing essential nutrients, eating a healthy diet can also help reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. A balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can also help maintain a healthy weight and support overall wellbeing. A healthy diet can also help you feel more energised, focussed, and mentally sharp. So, swap some of those chocolates out for a healthy snack instead this Easter long weekend!
A – Active
Easter is the perfect time to get out with family and friends and enjoy the autumn weather. Visit a local park or bushwalk – or just grab a coffee and walk around the neighbourhood. There are plenty of ways to keep active over the long weekend. If you enjoy playing sports, consider organising a friendly game with friends or family. You can play backyard cricket, soccer or any other sport that you enjoy! If team sports aren’t your thing, there are plenty of workouts you can do at home with little to no equipment including yoga, body weight exercises, or even dance workouts. Active hobbies around the house like gardening and cleaning are also great ways to get moving over the Easter weekend.
S – Straighten Up
It’s been a busy year and with Easter upon us, it’s important to slow down and give the body and spine some extra TLC by doing some good old stretching. Stretching is essential to improving posture by reducing muscle tension and tightness and maintaining flexibility and mobility as we age. Not to mention stretching improves blood flow and circulation throughout the body and reduces stress and tension in the muscles. The ACA’s Straighten Up app is the perfect solution to help take care of your spinal health this Easter. The app features a three-minute stretching program designed to stabilise core muscles and improve your spinal health! Why not download it now and give it a try? It’s your 24/7 in-pocket chiropractor! Visit the App Store or Google Play now!
T – Talk to a friend
As Easter approaches, it can be a hard time for many. Whether it’s complicated relationships or grief from losing loved ones, many can be left feeling lonely and isolated over the Easter break. It’s important to check in with your friends or loved ones who may be doing it tough. Staying connected with those we love is essential for maintaining a strong support system and improving mental health and wellbeing. You never know just how much your phone call can make a difference to someone doing it tough this Easter. Better yet, if you can, stop by and drop them off some Easter egg goodies!
E – Early to bed. Early to rise
Going to bed early and waking up early is a good habit you can try over the Easter break that can lead to a more successful and productive day! The idea behind the phrase is that by going to bed early and waking up early, we can align our bodies with the natural rhythms of the day and get enough restorative sleep, which is important for overall health and wellness. Additionally, waking up early can give us more time in the day to exercise, pursue a hobby, journal, meditate, study, or pursue any other goals! So, why not try going to bed just that little bit earlier this Easter long weekend and see the difference it can make.
R – Rest
It can be quite busy over the Easter weekend catching up with family and friends and dashing into the shops last minute to get all those delicious Easter eggs and other chocolate goodies for your children, family, and friends! However, it’s also important to slow down and get some much-needed rest. Rest is necessary for the body to repair and recover from physical and mental exertion. During rest, the body can replenish energy stores, repair damaged tissues, and strengthen the immune system. Not to mention, rest doesn’t just mean sleeping; it can include anything from reading, meditating, spending time in nature, or any other activity that is relaxing and gets you to slow down a little! So, make sure to schedule some much-deserved down time over the course of your Easter break.
So, there you have it. Six great ways to look after your health and wellbeing over the Easter long weekend. Don’t forget that your local ACA chiropractor can also help. They can provide you with tailored and appropriate care, as well as lifestyle advice to help improve your spinal health and overall wellbeing. To find your local ACA chiropractor visit findachiro.org.au