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Betty Doyling in the Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby (Photograph supplied)

Bermuda Day events celebrating our rich culture and heritage are something we all look forward to every year.

However, indulging in the excitement of the day can leave you feeling exhausted and worn out. Here are a few helpful tips to assist in your recovery and rejuvenation this week after the very wet and eventful long weekend.

Rest and rehydrate

After a day of setting up for Bermuda Day, watching the runners or even participating in the half-marathon and enjoying the lively parade and performances, it's important to give your body the rest it needs. Allow yourself to get a good night’s sleep every night this week and grab as many naps as you can so your body can recharge. Also ensure that you hydrate your body by drinking plenty of clear fluids. Staying hydrated will help replenish lost fluids and energise your body.

Seek nutritious foods

Recovering from a weekend of rich foods and drinks calls for replenishing your body with plenty of nutrients. Pick fresh produce and whole grains that provide plenty of vitamins and minerals. Include foods high in protein like lean meats or plant-based alternatives and fish, which will aid in muscle recovery. Smoothies with natural ingredients or a colourful salad will also provide necessary nutrients that will keep you feeling refreshed and revitalised.

Betty Doyling in the Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby (Photograph supplied)


There’s no better way to unwind after an active, long weekend than pampering yourself with some self-care. Take a soothing Epsom salts and essential oils bath, or incorporate a gentle yoga or stretching session to ease any tension in your body. Pick up a good book, listen to calming music or the sounds of the ocean; spend time on an old hobby that you enjoy. Take a moment and prioritise your self-care this week so that you can recharge mentally, physically and emotionally.

Get moving and reconnect with nature

It’s Wednesday – five days after the main event – and you may still feel tired. Whatever you do, don’t skip exercising all together. A lighter workout can aid your recovery. Take a leisurely walk along Spittal Pond or your favourite beach, or take your normal class but use lighter weights. Enjoying the fresh air, even though it is a little humid at the moment, can help you assist to de-stress, improve circulation and release endorphins.

As we all recover from the amazing events and camaraderie of the weekend, let’s remember to prioritise, hydration, rest, nutrition and self-care. Wishing you an amazing remainder of the week as we gear up for our next holiday!

Embrace these post-celebration tips and B-Active For Life!

Betty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Look for B. ActiveForLife on Facebook

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Published May 31, 2023 at 7:59 am (Updated May 31, 2023 at 7:20 am)

Tips for recovering from the holiday weekend

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