Summer bodies are made in winter

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3 Tips to shape your body to prevent winter kilos from getting the better part of you

1. Start today

As human beings we are really good at making excuses, even more so where exercise is concerned. Most of the times our excuses are so good that we even convince ourselves. But let’s face it, invariably they’re all lies. So, don’t wait for the beginning of next month. Don’t even wait for Monday. Get off the couch and ditch the fast food today. There is no better time to start your exercise and healthy eating routine than right now.

2. Make a date to exercise most days of the week

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Your exercise sessions must be as important as brushing your teeth. Worst you can do is to exercise “when you feel like it”. That’s not going to happen very often. You want the beautiful body, right? Fact is, you can’t hire someone to do it for you. And nothing is going to happen unless you DO something. You are more likely to make exercise a habit if you train daily. Plan and schedule your exercise sessions for the week ahead and respect yourself enough not to break this commitment with yourself.

3. Don’t go overboard in the first week

Always aim to exercise at least three times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes. But take it slow in the first week, just to get all the body parts moving and the juices flowing. Try any low-impact exercise like walking, jogging, cycling, rope skipping or light weight/high repetition circuit training (or any combination of these) and try to keep it up for at least 30 – 45 min. Then increase the intensity of your exercise sessions by 5 – 10% each week and aim for 45 – 60 min. No need to exercise for more than an hour per day, however, the shorter your exercise time, the more strenuous the exercise must be. More good news is that you don’t even have to make up the 30 or 60 minutes in one day. Research shows that as long as you accumulate 30 – 60 min during one day, it is as good as a single exercise session.

Information compiled by : Marli Greeff

Contact Marli on train@fit4u.co.za for more information about the kickstart program.