QUICK FIT FIX

Weight Watchers Magazine (Australia) - - Food // Fit // Feel -

Psy­chol­o­gist, per­sonal trainer and au­thor of Head First, Health Fast, Leanne Hall shares her smart ways to help you reach your well­ness goals. WHAT DOES EX­ER­CISE MEAN TO YOU?

For me, ex­er­cise is about more than just keep­ing fit and strong. It’s about stress and mood man­age­ment – and it’s my favourite so­cial out­let. I train with a bunch of women and we build each other up. My hus­band trains with me too and the kids come for a run or bike ride.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE EX­ER­CISE?

Hav­ing re­cently en­tered the world of long- dis­tance run­ning and triathlons, I love to run, ride and swim. I also en­joy some solo time at the gym, head­phones in, strength train­ing with my favourite playlist. I love fin­ish­ing with a spa… bliss!

YOU TALK ABOUT THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION – CAN YOU EXPLAIN THIS?

There is no dis­put­ing the fact that the mind and body are con­nected. The va­gus nerve con­nects the base of the brain di­rectly with the stom­ach. So when we are anx­ious or de­pressed, our gut is di­rectly af­fected. The neu­ro­trans­mit­ters re­leased when we ex­er­cise en­hance mood and de­crease stress. Poor nu­tri­tion can have a neg­a­tive im­pact on our mood and cer­tain nutrients can even boost mood. Th­ese are just a few ex­am­ples.

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO MANTRA?

Don’t think; just do it! I’m an over-thinker so this is re­ally nec­es­sary. When I say it to my­self, I fo­cus on my ac­tions and turn the vol­ume down on neg­a­tive thoughts.

HOW DO YOU KICKSTART YOUR MOJO DUR­ING THE COLDER MONTHS?

I ad­just my ex­er­cise ac­cord­ing to the weather. I ex­er­cise in­doors when it’s re­ally cold or go for a run in the sun. Re­wards like a pedi­cure or mas­sage also get me through. So do my train­ing bud­dies!

Head First, Health Fast by Leanne Hall (Har­lequin, $32.99).

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