MAKE FITNESS A REALITY
High intensity interval training is one of the best methods for boosting fat loss and increasing metabolism. Aim for two HIIT sessions a week with a couple of rest days in between. Don’t know where to start? Try Pure Fitness’ Tabata class - a high-intensity interval training circuit. Each exercise lasts four minutes, with eight intervals of 20 seconds work and 10 seconds rest.
2Change things up
Keeping things same-old can lead you to a plateau fast. Give your body a challenge by trying a variety of different workouts. Avid runners can make a weekly beeline for the yoga studio while devoted yogis should inject some cardio workouts into their routine for example. To make things simpler, many studios such as Breathe Pilates and gyms like True Fitness offer a variety of classes to keep things interesting for everyone.
3Let your workout gear motivate you
When you’re feeling lacklustre, dressing up for your gym sesh can fire up your performance. Choose clothing pieces that make you look good and feel inspired. We love Under Armour’s Misty Copeland Signature Collection – it was designed by the first African American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland herself. And for a dash of fun, check out DKNY Sport’s Holiday 2018 collection featuring colourblocked pieces in vibrant hues.
4Sign up for a race
And do it with a friend, for good measure. Prepping for an event, like our annual Shape Run is one of the best ways to get you pumped up about training. There are tons of mobile apps that can help get you started. A beginner app like Couch to 5K will turn sedantary folks to competent runners; an advanced program like RunKeeper can help you work towards personal bests.
5Take a cold shower after working out
Cold water has been found to reduce exercise-induced muscle damage, soreness and weakness, helping you to recover faster. Can’t stand the chill? Try compression garments Adidas’ new Alphaskin tights ($65, Adidas) to get similar benefits.
6Ask for help
Still not seeing results after months of working out? It may be time to rope in a personal trainer who can draw up a realistic and results-driven plan to reach your fitness goals. A trainer will also ensure you do all your workouts in the right form. For a convenient option, enquire about training sessions at a centrally located gym like Swissotel Merchant Court’s 24-hour fitness centre, which offers a package of five 60-minute sessions at $475.
7Hate running? Try walking
Some studies have suggested that clocking 10,000 steps - equivalent to about 8 km - every day can result in lowered blood pressure and improved blood sugar levels. If 10,000 sounds like a lot, you can start small. When you join the Health Promotion Board’s National Steps Challenge, you receive reward points for getting in at least 5,000 steps a day. These points can be used to redeem discounts on your shopping. To participate, install the Healthy 365 mobile app and pair it with your fitness tracking device.