Tackle Toowoomba win­ter head on

Win­ter doesn’t mean you have to take the heat out of ex­er­cise.

Style Magazine - - Health -

EFM Health Club’s Sue Watson shares some tips on how to re­main ac­tive over the cooler months.

Cre­ate a timetable

As most of us would agree, win­ter brings on a change to our lifestyle. Cre­ate a sea­sonal timetable and change things up by tak­ing your gym clothes to work so that early morn­ing work­out you don’t want to get out of bed for be­comes your af­ter­noon rit­ual — no ex­cuses: straight from desk to sweat. Diarise your work­outs by com­mit­ting your­self to a min­i­mum num­ber of work­outs per week — it’s okay to set the bar a lit­tle lower in win­ter but just make sure you stay fo­cused and com­mit­ted.

Think about a train­ing part­ner

Hav­ing a train­ing part­ner can help a lot if your goals and mo­ti­va­tion are on the same level, but some­times it can work the other way and pull you down.

Use in­door train­ing

If you want to burn some se­ri­ous calo­ries and give your me­tab­o­lism a boost, then get on your bike — an ex­er­cise bike that is. Spin classes fo­cus on strength, en­durance and HIIT so you get an in­vig­o­rat­ing work­out. Crossfit ticks a few boxes with weight-loss, strength, power, speed, stamina, co-or­di­na­tion and flex­i­bil­ity. Tread­mill run­ning when it’s dark and gloomy can mean you’re in con­trol of the tready, whether you want to be a speed de­mon or take a ca­sual jog.

Mix up your train­ing

If you are train­ing for some­thing spe­cific then a train­ing pro­gram needs to be mon­i­tored and changed ev­ery six to eight weeks. This is to en­sure there are no signs of over­train­ing such as a de­crease in per­for­mance, ir­ri­tabil­ity, fa­tigue and in­creased ill­ness just to name a few. For gen­eral train­ing it re­ally de­pends on your in­di­vid­ual goals — if they change then your train­ing may also need a change. If you be­come bored, look for some­thing that will bring your mo­ti­va­tion back. It de­pends on the ses­sion you at­tend, but at the most your train­ing should take no longer than 60 min­utes. Any longer and your body be­gins to pro­duce Cor­ti­sol, which is re­leased in re­sponse to stress.

Start well

Write your­self some goals, find a gym that you would feel com­fort­able to train at and ask for a free trial be­fore you tie your­self into a con­tract. Hire a per­sonal trainer to help show you the cor­rect tech­niques and get you started with a good train­ing pro­gram that will match the goals you have set for your­self.

BY SUE WATSON EFM HEALTH CLUB

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