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5 top tips to start the post Easter health kick

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Feeling a little bloated after indulging this Easter? Well, don’t feel guilty because you deserved a break and who can resist a ton of chocolate, roast dinners and a few too many Crème Eggs?

Sadly, the festivities are over and your jeans may be feeling a little tighter but now is the time to start planning for summer. And while some of that means getting together with your mates to plan the trip of a lifetime, the flip side is that some of you may want to get in shape for the warmer season ahead.

Fear not, help is on hand with these simple tips to get you started:

1. Wean yourself off slowly

If, like me, you still have a few (packets) of mini eggs lying around, don’t force yourself to chuck them away or, worse, eat them all at once and start again on Monday. Enjoy your treats in moderation by counting out your remaining chocolatey treats and having one or two a day. This way your stash will last longer, you’ll save money and you’ll savour them more.

2. Set yourself attainable goals

Stay far away from adverts and billboards telling you how you should look in a bikini, and instead focus on how to make yourself comfortable in whatever swimwear you choose. If you start focussing on your health now, you’ll feel more energised and comfortable in your own skin while you’re exploring new places or relaxing on the beach.

3. Have a clear picture in your mind

A great way of motivating yourself is picturing what you will look and feel like if you take the time to pay attention to your health and fitness. Whether you want a more toned physique or more energy throughout the day, focus on the version of yourself you want to be.

4. Don’t go it alone

Getting fit is much more fun and effective when you’re doing it with friends. Try fun fitness activities like signing up to a new society at your uni, doing some fun exercise DVDs in halls with your roommates or hire a bike and head to your nearest park. Whatever you chose to do, make sure there is variety and teamwork so everyone can get involved.

5. Don’t put it off

Approaching the summer holidays also means you’ll be gearing up towards end of year exams so it will become increasingly easier to convince yourself that you don’t have time. It’s important to remember that eating healthily and doing regular exercise actually boosts your mental performance, improves your concentration and helps manage stress levels. So even when you feel trapped in the library, it’s good to give yourself an hour or so to look after your health.

So there you have it, I’m not saying chug a few protein shakes and spend hours in the gym, but a few simple changes and ways of changing your mind-set, will set you on good stead for a healthier you this summer.

Elinore Court lives at Liberty House in London, she is studying a masters degree in Magazine Journalism at City University.

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