Health magazine january 18

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Fitness FIX


Are you stuck in the same old exercise routine? Here’s how to ‘fix’ your approach for 2018... According to Personal Trainer Chiara Pellegrinohas, we should be stepping away from the mundane treadmill this New Year, and instead be more adventurous with our exercise routines. The trained professional dancer has dedicated herself to helping to encourage everyone, no matter what age, to try something new when it comes to their fitness program. Chiara’s Top Tips for adventuring into a new fitness routine are: 1. Pick an activity you enjoy. If you don’t like the exercise you are doing, it is hard to keep it up. Think about the activities you enjoy the most, like walking, exercising with a video, dancing, biking, or taking a class. If you are already active, think about what types of activity sound fun to experience. Kayaking or rock climbing … It’s time to let your adventurous self-come out! 3. Start slowly If you’ve never been active and you want to start with 1 hour a day, every day it’s unlikely to be sustainable and you will burn out very quickly. Start with 30 minutes of exercise per day, 2/3 days a week. Make sure you warm up and cool down

properly every time to avoid injuries that could lead you off track. Add a daily 15-minute walk during your lunch break or after dinner. 2. BE ADVENTUROUS! Try a new activity each day, even things that you never considered you would be good at, like dancing or gardening, to find out what you enjoy most. There are more and more fitness boutiques opening in London with new and fun class formats. Get adventurous and explore different things each week. 3. Make it social You can make your fitness schedule an excuse to be more social! Involve your friends in physical activity to have fun, spend quality time together, and stay on track. Meet a friend for workouts or book a charity walk or jog together that you can help each other train for. Join a class or sports club where people count on you to show up. 4. Reward yourself Set goals for yourself on a regular basis and reward yourself for hitting them! Think of rewards that may motivate you to do even more, like taking a relaxing hot bath or shower, joining a new exercise class or getting yourself new active wear. Or just having tasty snacks to hand every time to refuel after your workout. Tips produced in association with Off The Eaten Path - a range of new and delicious snacks made with real vegetables.


Health Magazine January 2018