A four-day long weekend, hot-cross buns and chocolate (SO much chocolate), Easter, for those who celebrate it, is certainly a deliciously delightful time of the calendar year.
And if you’re anything like us, you may also use Easter as an opportunity to clock up your yearly sweet-treat quota in a 96-hour period.
But have you ever thought about (not that you probably have wanted to) how much exercise that sixth Crème Egg may actually require to burn off?
Here, Goodlife Health Clubs National Personal Training Manager Pete Gleeson gives us an egg-ucation in how our favourite treats may impact our waistlines this Easter…
Chocoholics, apologies in advance.
1 buttered Hot cross bun (with fruit)
Burpees it takes to burn off: 265
Minutes on the treadmill it takes to burn off: 22
Sit-ups it takes to burn off: 728
1 Cadbury Crème Egg
Burpees it takes to burn off: 136
Minutes on the treadmill it takes to burn off: 11
Sit-ups it takes to burn off: 375
1 packet of Cadbury Dairy Milk Solid Eggs
Burpees it takes to burn off: 600
Minutes on the treadmill it takes to burn off: 49
Sit-ups it takes to burn off: 1,650
1 (200g) Lindt milk chocolate bunny
Burpees it takes to burn off: 500
Minutes on the treadmill it takes to burn off: 41
Sit-ups it takes to burn off: 1,375
1 (small – 29g) Malteser Bunny
Burpees it takes to burn off: 143
Minutes on the treadmill it takes to burn off: 12
Sit-ups it takes to burn off: 393
1 pack of Ferrero Rochers (16 pack)
Burpees it takes to burn off: 1018
Minutes on the treadmill it takes to burn off: 83 (1hr 23min)
Sit-ups it takes to burn off: 2,800
Calculated exercise requirements based of average adult weight of 78.5kg, non-gender specific. Burpees averaged from multiple studies as expending 1.1cal per burpee for a 78.5kg adult, treadmill running rate of 10km/h (6min per km) using Runner's World Calculator. Sit Ups estimated from burpee data; 1min burpee effort vs 1 min sit up effort was averaged as 1.1 cal per burpee = 0.4 cal per sit up
OK, hold up now...
Just because the amount of burpees it’ll take to work off one pack of Ferrero Rochers is kind of (read: very) frightening, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat them altogether.
According to Gleeson, it’s more about being aware of how you can curb your intake of these indulgent, drool-worthy chocolates so you can enjoy them with zero guilt - and here are his expert tips to prove it.
3 quick tips for staying fit and healthy over the Easter break
- Have a goal to maintain your results, and don't be too stressed if you aren't making any progress for this short period of the year. Aiming for a happy medium is a lot more achievable than eating the cleanest you've ever eaten and training the hardest you've ever trained!
- Quality not quantity... this applies for your workouts as you're 'busy' relaxing and more importantly, your Easter treats! Don't eat yourself sick, enjoy less than half of your stash, give the other half away, and have some short sharp workouts. Most importantly, do what makes you feel good.
- Move every day, even if it's just 30 minutes! Try this: Put a 30-minute playlist together with approximately 10 x 3min songs. Go for a medium paced run/power walk. Every time the song finishes do 5-10 burpees and 10-15 sit ups. Might sound full-on, but it’ll be over in no time.