LET’S GET READY TO UP­GRADE YOUR COM­FORT ZONE

Style Magazine - - Promotion - BY SUE WAT­SON, EFM HEALTH CLUB

So we are now in the mid­dle of win­ter and the slow cooker has been go­ing non-stop for the past six weeks.

The lounge, a good book or movie with the blan­ket seems a much bet­ter op­tion that go­ing out for a brisk walk or to the gym.

If you haven’t al­ready heard the ex­pres­sion “sum­mer bod­ies are made in win­ter” then you have now and it is so true.

So, why not use doona sea­son to set your­self some goals and start look­ing at fit­ness cen­tres of­fer­ing 12-week chal­lenges and get your body look­ing it’s spring best.

In­stead of feel­ing mis­er­able about these win­ter months, think of it as your pre-sea­son train­ing.

No mat­ter what your fit­ness level or how fran­tic your life­style is, there is a 12-week plan out there to suit your life­style.

The ben­e­fits far out­weigh the neg­a­tives with body tone all over, more en­ergy, im­prov­ing your fit­ness and feel­ing fan­tas­tic, even on those short dark days.

HERE ARE FIVE TIPS TO HELP YOU GET STARTED.

Make it easy for your­self — spend Sun­day cook­ing a few healthy sta­ples for your week, pack your gym bag the night be­fore and have it by the door.

Break your goals down — los­ing 30kg might seem like an over­whelm­ing task, so break it down into weekly man­age­able goals.

Avoid fad di­ets and overly in­tense work­outs that can be un­sus­tain­able.

Ac­tion, not out­comes should be your fo­cus — don’t fix­ate on a num­ber on the scales or a dress size but rather the small changes like hav­ing a salad with your meal or drink­ing a glass of wa­ter with each meal.

These are more tan­gi­ble ac­tions that lead to a health­ier and hap­pier you.

Make it fun — try a class you’ve heard about, a boot­camp with friends or mix things up on the gym floor with adding equip­ment such as a BOSU or TRX.

Give your­self a break — rest and re­plen­ish the body.

Try a yoga class or just take a walk with the fam­ily or the dog.

As long as you are eat­ing a bal­anced meal most days of the week, al­low your­self a small in­dul­gence with­out feel­ing guilty.

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