06 Mar The A List: Fitness Frenzy
With Auckland’s historic Round The Bays happening this weekend it’s hard not to think about our own level of fitness. We all know the ‘summer bod’ mentality – when summer is approaching and we have a few weeks to get fit, but why not stay fit and healthy all year round? Just because it’s getting colder in the evenings doesn’t mean we should give up over the winter months, it simply means we should try something different!
If it’s too chilly and wet to run around the park and if going all the way to the gym sounds like a lot of effort (not to mention expensive!) here’s a list of fun indoor activities to keep you fit over the colder months. Do them alone, with flatmates, or get the whole family to join in for a whole lotta laughs.
With the tagline “Ditch the Workout, Join the Party” you can already see that Zumba will be a whole lot of fun! Zumba incorporates cardio, toning and flexibility for an all over body workout that uses music and dance moves from all around the world. Join a class near you or workout in the comfort of your own home with the DVDs – each has it’s own benefits. Including Zumba Step for cardio and legs, Zumba toning targets arms and core and even Zumba Kids perfect for getting the kids into good habits in a fun way.
This is possibly one of the easiest and least time consuming workouts you can do. Find a YouTube instructor you enjoy and pick a workout video to follow along with each day – most videos only take 20 minutes so it’s not a huge commitment. Tone it Up is a YouTube channel with super easy to follow videos and encouraging instructors. They have videos that specifically target one problem area at a time such as abs or arms, but they also provide all round workouts to have you toned, fit and feeling good!
30 Day Fitness Challenge
Again, only taking up 20 minutes of the day means you can get fit without time on your mind. Simply pick one or more “problem areas” you would like to target and complete the corresponding exercises. This could be sit ups for abs, lunges for legs or tricep dips for arms. As time goes on the intensity increases to keep you progressing. Add it to your to-do-list each day, we all love the feeling of ticking something off when it’s done!
Workout of the Day
It may not seem like a lot but that’s the beauty of this one, it’s so simple to do. Download the Workout of the Day app – it will generate a random workout for you to do at some stage that day. The variety in these workouts means you certainly won’t get bored!
If you’re busy and can’t set aside time specifically for exercise then make do with what you do have! Use cans of food or other heavy objects as weights. Lunge around the house for half an hour rather than walking. If you have stairs run up and down a few times. Balance on a swiss ball instead of using an office chair. Adding small fitness aspects into your everyday routine will help towards feeling great and you’ll feel super productive!
Of course exercise is most beneficial if paired with a healthy diet so for good measure I’m throwing in my own personal smoothie recipe. It’s not only filled with goodness but delicious too!
You will need:
One banana (I keep mine chopped up in a snap lock bag in the freezer so they are ready to go when I need them)
Half a cup of berries
1 Tbs Ground LSA (Linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds)
1 tsp Chia seeds
1 tsp Linseed – for good measure
Â½ cup yoghurt
1 Â½ cups of milk (I use light or almond milk depending on what’s in my fridge)
Optional: Kiwifruit or any other fruit you enjoy, fruit juice, ice cubes
Throw all the ingredients in a blender and just blitz – easy as that!