Take two (and 20) this Easter to enjoy the long weekend


Australians may need to double take on their health plans over the Easter long weekend, a leading Lifecoach has warned, in order to stay on track when it comes to their wellbeing.

Lifecoach and author Sally Thibault has released her practical tips in preparation for the four-day holiday, believing many people will have good intentions, but may fall off the health bandwagon.

“One or two Hot Cross Buns or a few Easter eggs as a one-off holiday treat often snowballs, and leads to many more by the time the weekend is done,” Ms Thibault said.

“People see the four-day break as an opportunity to let off some steam and wind down - and often all our best health habits can go out the window as we relax a little too much.

“It’s important that Australians have fun and take the opportunity to enjoy the long weekend - but in a balanced way, with moderation, in order to feel good over the short and long term.

“My practical tips to prepare specifically for Easter will ensure Australians stick to their health and wellbeing goals - and not get sidelined so early on in the year.”

Sally Thibault has released four practical tips to prepare for a healthy Easter long weekend - in line with her 2&20 Principle.

The 2&20 Principle helps Australians commit to sustainable daily habits, by breaking goals down into segments of 20 minutes daily, or twice a week, or twice a day - to simply get them done.

The idea is that creating a smaller segment of time you can commit to, makes it more likely you will achieve your health and wellbeing goals.

Easter 2&20 Tip 1: Stay active every day.

Staying active over Easter doesn’t have to mean spending hours at the gym or a super-busy fitness schedule - make exercise a part of the routine! Spend time at the beach swimming with family, playing sports in the backyard or going on a walk together. Commit to at least 20 minutes each day and stay active.

Easter 2&20 Tip 2: Avoid the binge!

Set yourself ground rules for enjoying the Easter food festivities, and stick to them. Perhaps it’s indulging in two chocolate treats only over the weekend, committing to two alcohol-free days, staying hydrated with two glasses of water every two hours, or enjoying only two cheat meals over the four-day holiday.

Easter 2&20 Tip 3: Take 20 for your mental health.

A four-day break, especially if you’re travelling for a mini getaway or spending extended time with family, can lead to stress. Take 20 minutes every day and do something specific for your mental health - journalling, meditating, spending time alone or reading.

Easter 2&20 Tip 4: Stick to your routine.

Stick as much as possible to your healthy week-in, week-out routine. It can be harder to re-form the right habits if you break them over the long weekend. If you usually restrict time on social media to 20 minutes only, twice a day, stick to that. Keep your wake-up and bedtime routines as close to your everyday schedule as possible - it makes it easier to get back in the swing of living the life you love after the holiday is done.

“Most importantly - stay healthy and happy - and enjoy the long weekend festivities with balance,” Ms Thibault said.

“If everyone joins in on an Easter egg hunt for example, avoid the inevitable sugar downer by making sure everyone gets outside for a swim, bike ride or game of beach cricket for at least 20 minutes!”

More information about the 2&20 e ebook and guide by Sally Thibault is available via http:// sallythibault.com.au/2and20principle.

More information about Sally Thibault is available at sallythibault.com.au.


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