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3 simple reasons to keep going with Febfast

Author: The Simple Bit

Category: Short Cuts

Febfasters, you’re almost there. Almost. To get through the rest of the month, we thought we’d share a few simple reasons to keep going for the next few weeks (and maybe beyond).

The simple bits:

  • Febfast is a month to call time-out on alcohol, sugar or another vice to raise money for charity
  • With a week to go, some people might need a little support
  • Here are some reasons to keep going

For those of you good-hearted people who are taking part in Febfast – a month where good folks call time-out on alcohol, sugar or another vice of their choice – the good news is you’re halfway through. (As well as the other good news – you’re helping support disadvantaged youth in Australia). The bad news is that you’re only halfway through. So to get through the rest of the month, we thought we’d share a few simple reasons to keep going for the next few weeks (and maybe beyond).

1. You’re feeling better

Are you feeling a little lighter? There’s a reason for that.  A beer can contain up to 250 calories, which is around the same as a small block of chocolate. According to FebFast, you would need to do 45 minutes of dancing, half an hour of cycling or an hour of moderate walking to burn off that energy. To work off the calories in a glass of white wine, you would need to walk for just over 2.5km or do Melbourne’s Thousand Steps walking track four times.

2. You’re sleeping better

Having a drink at night might make you feel relaxed and sleepy – but once you nod off, alcohol actually interferes with your sleep cycle, resulting in poorer quality of sleep, especially in the second half of the night, when you’re meant to be getting the best sleep. The more you drink, the worse the impact on your sleep with Melatonin (the hormone that helps us to get to sleep) affected for up to a week after periods of excessive drinking.

Feel the melatonin. Pic by Kinga Cichewicz

3. You’ve got more coin

It makes sense. A bottle of wine is around $15. Beer prices have just gone up, with beer in Australia now taxed 17 times higher than in Germany.  Drinking is not cheap. One regular Febfaster tallied that he saved $5000 a year since giving up alcohol completely. And going alcohol-free can mean cheaper (sometimes even free) ways to spend a night out with friends. Why not try organising a game of beach volleyball, or a sushi-making night, or a home movie marathon. Or even a night at the movies. 

So take heart in those steps, or check out these tips from Febfast about how to survive the next few weeks.