SHAPE UP FOR SUMMER
Ahead of the Live Well Festival at The Cloud next weekend, Spy asked for some quick and easy fitness tips from industry influencers Art Green, Matilda Rice,
Makaia Carr and Danijela Unkovich.
Spy wanted advice on: getting off the couch and making a start, how to tone quickly, how to maintain and how to get through the summer party season and keep fit.
Bachelor and Clean Paleo co-owner Art Green says a key tip is to choose a goal or event to train for.
“It is much more motivating to train for something than to aimlessly exercise. Use your own bodyweight for exercises that you can do at home. Nutrition is a key way of keeping your results moving.”
Green told Spy he was an all-ornothing kind of guy. He would only occasionally push the boat out and come home with a bit of Big Mac sauce on his face.
Rice, Green’s fiance, suggests starting with small goals and working your way up.
“A good set of stairs is great for toning. They can be torturous, but stair training is probably one of the best workouts around. Your thighs, bum and core get a great workout.” Focus on how you feel, not how you look in the mirror she says.
And although Rice loves a drink and has a weakness for cake, she says moderation is the key. “A hangover will stop you from getting up and going the next day.” Health and wellness blogger Makaia Carr says workouts can help reduce stress and depression.
She’s a fan of boxing and reformer Pilates and advises keeping a record of your wins and improvements as added motivation.
Carr suggests instead of having a boozy night, socialise at lunch or dinner.
“I enjoy a couple glasses of wine, good food and good company — this is the “sometimes” part of life. What’s important is what we do most of the time.”
Nutritionist Danijela Unkovich insists you must find something you enjoy — “if you don’t, you won’t stick to it”.
Diet is as important as exercise.
“To maintain results, stick to a good workout regime and eating plan 80 per cent of the time,” she says. “If you are out enjoying a few wines, make sure you hop back on the healthy bandwagon at the next meal.”
“To maintain results, stick to a good workout regime and eating plan 80 per cent of the time.”