Aaah, Easter.

4 days off to relax, spend time with family and, of course, have the perfect excuse to binge on chocolate.

The long weekend has been and gone, it’s been days since you stepped foot in the gym and you’ve eaten so much food that you could probably count rolling as a mode of transport. Let’s be real- we all dream about the perfect Insta body but when you’ve consumed 2 weeks worth of calories in 4 days, it’s hard to imagine squeezing into gym gear and sweating for an hour to work off just one of the many hot cross buns you devoured.

So, how do you get back into it?

It’s not just the mass amounts of food that throw us off track, it’s also the break in routine. So, first things first, if you workout in the morning, set that alarm in advance. Have your outfit ready to go so that when that alarm goes off you have one less thing to think about. If you exercise in the afternoon, make sure your gym bag is packed and ready to go! Plan your workouts for the week and, if you have a fancy bit of technology to count your steps, set some daily step goals. The more prepared you are, the better.

Then you need to throw out the chocolate. I know, I can’t believe I said that either, but you know as well as I do – if it’s there, you’re just going to eat it. (I totally give you permission to cry while you do this but, trust me, you’ll thank me later).

Drink some lemon water. Sugar and cocoa are both acid forming foods so eating all that chocolate over the weekend wouldn’t have the best effect on your body. The citric acid in lemons actually has an alkalising effect so it will definitely help to restore some balance. Once you’re done with that, make sure you get through at least another 2L of water throughout the day. Hydration is key, my friend.

Reassess your goals. Go back through your goals and move the goal post if you need to. Look at the inspirational pictures that you’ve got saved on your phone and read through those motivational quotes. Remember why you are on this journey and reignite the passion!

Finally, don’t beat yourself up. You’re human. We all go off track and nobody is perfect. Life is about balance and while I wouldn’t recommend going on 4-day chocolate benders on a regular basis, I’m certainly not going to tell you that you can’t indulge every now and again.

Thankfully, one long weekend isn’t going to undo all of your progress so the best thing to do now is to jump back on the horse and get back on track to hitting your goals.

If you’re not quite sure where to start or feel like you may need that extra bit of support on your journey, you can get in touch with one of our Elite Personal Trainers who can help you to achieve your goals.