Fitness coach Heidi Lindahl shares her advice
FITNESS COACH HEIDI LINDAHL ON MOTIVATING KIDS TO GET MOVING, TONING THOSE THIGHS, AND THE SECRET TO ACHIEVING KILLER ABS
'If possible, exercise in the coolest part of the day' usually the last area you put on fat is also the first area to shed it
I find exercising in summer is really uncomfortable due to the heat. Is it okay to take a break from exercise for a whole season? A
As long as you don’t have a particular medical condition, I suggest trying to keep up some level of activity, for example swimming or working out in an airconditioned gym. If possible, exercise in the coolest part of the day (early morning/ late evening) with a neck cooler and always have chilled water on hand.
I’m happy with the majority of my body, however I would like my thighs to be thinner. Is there anything I can do? A
Unfortunately we can’t ‘spot reduce’ a specific area to lose fat, which is why it’s important to focus on continuing to work out all areas of the body. Your genetic makeup dictates where you lose fat first; usually the last area you put on fat is also the first area to shed it. While doing lateral lunges, step-ups, and squats will enhance the toning of your thighs, when it comes to decreasing the actual body fat percentage on this part of your body, it’s a matter of remaining consistent and being patient.
My teenage kids aren’t fit and are always on their phones. How can I make being active appealing? A
One of the best things you can do is lead by example and make it fun. Ask them to walk with you to the nearest basketball courts after work to shoot hoops or have them join you for a game of tennis. Or you could organise a social games night once a week with neighbours/friends where you could play soccer, cricket, volleyball etc and follow it up with a picnic.
I have always aspired to having a six pack; how often do I have to train my abdominals to achieve this? A
A six pack doesn’t come from hours of crunches, it is a result of having a low body fat percentage. To work towards a six pack, very consistent clean eating and training your entire body is paramount. While the abdominals have more slow twitch fibres – which allows you to train them more than other fast twitch fibre muscles – they still need recovery between sessions so there is no need to train them more than three to four times a week.