Burning Easter calories can be more effort than you think

WHETHER they're mini or mega-size, come in the form of bunnies, ducks, eggs or blocks - it's certainly easy to overeat and overindulge on chocolate at Easter.

And that overindulgence can take a long time to work off…

One 40g Creme Egg alone can take 30 minutes of brisk walking to burn off, five mini eggs will take you 20 minutes of slow swimming and just one chocolate hot cross bun with butter equates to … wait for it … 75 minutes of vigorous cleaning.

Now that we've all recovered from the shock, I want to share some really simple ways you can stay healthy and feel good for the full four-day weekend.

Watch your portion sizes!

Sometimes a long weekend or holiday like Easter can encourage us to overeat on both treats and main meals. Stick to recommended portion sizes to ensure you're not taking in more than you can burn off.

Go for healthier treats

Fruit and vegetable platters when entertaining are great, healthy, go-to snacks. Avoid takeaway meals and hit the barbecue for grilled fish or chicken, and a fresh salad.

Get out and about

There are plenty of family holiday activities on offer around Queensland - find a local club or community group and enjoy the sunshine while staying SunSmart.

Have a little creative licence with the Easter Bunny

An Easter colouring book, stickers or active toys like soccer balls or basketballs can be a delight to kids too!

And remember - a little bit of EGGcersize wouldn't go astray!

Stay healthy and safe, and enjoy the long weekend.

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