Don’t let all that Easter chocolate go straight to your hips.
Fitness First expert Grant Twible says while the world we live in is busy, stressful and full of unhealthy food choices, there are simple steps individuals can take to improve their health and fitness.
"A mixture of aerobic and resistance training is vitally important for a healthy lifestyle," says Twible. "Healthy and active people are more productive and generally happier than those who are inactive and not as healthy. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine can be easy - be mindful of all the small opportunities to be active during the day as it all adds up."
5 simple tips to increase your activity levels and improve your fitness:
• Add more movement into your everyday routine. It can be as simple as taking the stairs or walking to your local shops. Be mindful of sitting down for extended periods, or getting swallowed by the couch.
• Incorporate some functional training into your exercise programs. For example, if you are walking add a set of squats, step-ups and push-ups at the park bench
• Stay mobile and help avoid injury with a purposeful flexibility program. Choose from simple range of motion exercises before activity or to start the day, to a dedicated mind/body program like yoga or Pilates.
• Manage your metabolism and energy levels by planning to eat regular healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. Waiting until your hungry to make food choices, often leads to poor nutritional decisions.
• Get some good quality rest and recovery. Eight hours sleep a night, or the weekend siesta is not a guilty pleasure - they serve to rejuvenate us