If the long weekend got the better of you or if you’re just feeling sluggish from too many winter meals, it may be time to detox. The thought of dieting and exercising in winter is far from appealing but it doesn’t have to mean a complete lifestyle overhaul. There are small changes you can make to your daily routine so that when summer comes around, the thought of that bikini doesn’t make you want to head for the hills.
You don’t have to give up the drink completely, just try cutting back. Aim for four alcohol-free days a week if you can, and that still gives you the whole weekend to let your hair down. Alternatively, you can get on board the popular ‘Dry July’ campaign, and try being dry for the whole month.
Substitute heavy food
Don’t worry, you don’t have to go all Gwyneth Paltrow and start eating raw vegetables and tofu to stave off those extra kilograms. But instead of curries, casseroles and stews try chicken and vegetable soup or a noodle stir-fry. They are just as comforting and filling but don’t have those extra calories.
If you think you can handle it, give vegetarianism a go for a week or two. There are some fabulous restaurants around, like Yullis, opposite the Clock Hotel, Surry Hills and Bodhi, in the city. Having a break from meat can help give your liver a rest and make you feel less sluggish and lethargic.
Set fitness goals
It’s usually easier to get up for that run in the morning if you are working towards something. Sign up for the City to Surf or the Blackmores Running Festival so you know you have to get fit before the chilly season is over. Group fitness classes are also worth the cash in winter. You know you have to wake up because you will get in trouble if you don’t turn up! Plus, there are other people to whinge with.
Little things like walking to work, walking to the next bus stop and taking the stairs rather than the escalator can help in your detox. They may sound miniscule, but if you walk up four flights of stairs a day, that can add up to an extra 45 minutes of exercise a week!
Take a mini break
Too tempted by the after-dark delights of Surry Hills, Glebe and Paddington? Accommodation for out-of-city breaks can be really cheap if you keep your eyes on red hot click websites. It could be easier to just escape the delights of the inner city and treat yourself to the ultimate detox away from the bright lights!