With summer fast approaching, more of us will be spending our days outside, with weight loss, fitness and general wellbeing becoming a focus for many of us, however Happy Healthy You Naturopath Lauren Jane, says shedding the extra winter weight, while improving your fitness doesn’t mean making radical changes to your current lifestyle.
The co-founder of lifestyle and wellbeing company, Happy Healthy You Lisa Curry said achieving your ideal weight starts with the right mindset and a willingness to achieve your own personal goals.
“For many of us, summertime brings a desire to look and feel our best, but it can be hard to get motivated,” Lisa said.
“It’s important to get into the right mindset. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, but focus on being a healthier version of yourself. The less pressure we put on ourselves to look a certain way makes it easier to live a healthier, happier lifestyle.”
Lisa’s tips for introducing exercise and fitness into your lifestyle?
Number one – just start!
“There are simple and easy ways to incorporate a fitness regime at home that won’t feel like a chore but can get your heart pumping,” she said.
“Consider setting up a dedicated space in your home to put you in the mood to exercise then start with simple exercises; whether it’s doing laps in your yard, reps up and down the stairs or even watching TV standing up. Instead of walking around the house, why not try doing lunges to get from A to B, and while you’re in the kitchen aim for five or 10 push ups against your kitchen bench.
“You can also dance around the hours for a few of your favourite songs. I always put my favourite playlist on while doing housework! Incidental exercises won’t be as taxing on your body, will help take the pressure off and you’ll feel great doing it!
“The trick is to aim for an extra minute or an extra rep than what you first set out to achieve. Small consistent steps will help you reach that 60 minutes of exercise a day before you know it!”
Happy Healthy You Nutritionist, Tahlia Thomas says it’s no secret that diet plays an important part in weight loss, so making a simple plan focusing on making small, incremental changes can do wonders for your waistline.
“It is much easier to make incremental changes to your diet than to overhaul it completely with the expectations of instant weight loss. A balanced diet can be achieved by simply swapping out certain habits with others as to not disrupt your regime and will likely keep you on track,” said Tahlia.
“Instead of spending the time waiting in line for a milk coffee, why not make yourself a green smoothie in the morning? This will give your body the nutrients it needs to start the day off right and stop you from snacking mid-morning.
“It’s important to have a balanced wholesome diet and while a salad sandwich might be a common choice when trying to lose weight, it may not be sufficient in fuelling your muscles or brain. Try a rainbow salad and add flaxseed, nuts, avocado, oily fish or free-range eggs to your meal for a nutrient boost.
“A meal replacement may also help you achieve your happy weight goals when used in combination with a well-balanced, whole food diet. Having a shake in place of a meal reduces your carbohydrate load and keeps insulin levels low, allowing your body to kick into energy burning mode. Our Happy Weight formula may help you find your ideal weight as it contains specific ingredients which target some of the most common blocks to effectively burning fat.”
Happy Healthy You offers a free eight-week eating plan to help women plan their meals. The company’s online community also offers free advice, support and encouragement via its private Facebook groups.
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