BACK TO BALANCE
MAXIMISE YOUR RELAXATION AND RESTORATION BY INCORPORATING THIS THREE-LETTER PRINCIPLE INTO YOUR SUMMER BREAK, SAYS NADIA FITNESS EXPERT KAT STANLEY OF REDEFINEDU
Restore your sleep, body and routines, which may have been put aside in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
If you are someone who tends to over-exercise, then perhaps switch up your morning drill to INCLUDE MORE SLEEP, A MASSAGE OR SOME MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (foam rolling). Allowing time for recovery lets the muscle cells replenish and is essential for progress. On the contrary, if you are someone who is struggling to fit in activity, why don’t you SET GOALS for the new year but START A GENTLE ROUTINE on your holiday.
If you have any joint niggles or residual stress, you could UNWIND IN A SPA OR SAUNA, or simply FLOAT IN THE OCEAN WAVES. And don’t forget to RESTORE YOUR CELLS BY REHYDRATING – set a target of drinking two litres of water a day.
Rest if you need it, but keep in mind that exercise gives you energy, so make the most of your free time. Remember, a little activity can go a long way. Find new ways to get out and about, or tick things off your list. Be intentionally active – plan an energetic getaway such as camping, tramping, surfing, boogie-boarding or kayaking. Whether you are home or away…
> INVESTIGATE new activities
> TAKE AN ADVENTURE with a friend or explore with your family
> PLAY charades around the campfire
> GO bowling or scootering, or play tennis with your friends
> BOOGIE at a concert or do something similar that energises your spirit
> RELISH the time to yourself and, if you have the energy, tackle a project that you have been meaning to get to
> SWITCH OFF the technology and get outdoors.
Maintain balance when attending Christmas gatherings and remain mindful of their long-term impact on your health.
> PICK AND CHOOSE YOUR TREATS.
Have small portions of what you find delicious and savour every bite
DON’T FEEL PRESSURED TO EAT SECONDS > > GO EASY ON THE BOOZE (hangovers are motivation killers)
> BE THE FIRST UP TO CLEAR PLATES
(everyone loves a team player)
> SUGGEST A POST-MEAL WALK OR GAME
With exercise, some is better than none. Think outside the square with options such as:
> GIVE YOUR GARDEN SOME LOVE
> GET BUSY IN THE KITCHEN creating healthy but awesome meals (and freeze some for the year ahead)
> THROW YOURSELF INTO A FULL CLEAN OF THE HOUSE
> IF YOU NEED ‘ANYWHERE, ANYTIME’ WORKOUTS go to redefinedu.com for a free downloadable PDF.