BACK TO BAL­ANCE

Nadia - - WELL-THY -

MAX­IMISE YOUR RE­LAX­ATION AND RESTORA­TION BY IN­COR­PO­RAT­ING THIS THREE-LET­TER PRIN­CI­PLE INTO YOUR SUM­MER BREAK, SAYS NA­DIA FIT­NESS EX­PERT KAT STAN­LEY OF REDEFINEDU

RE­STORE

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.

EN­ERGY

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.

BAL­ANCE

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.

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