People ‘made to move’

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As we all start getting back into the swing of things after the summer break, it can be hard to work up the motivation to exercise and work off the results of any Christmas excess. The Star reporter Ella Stokes caught up with personal trainer Tiffany Mayos to get some tips on getting fit during summer. Miss Mayos has been working as a personal trainer at Les Mills in Dunedin for one year and says being active is great for mental health as well as physical wellbeing.

Why is it important to be active and exercise?

A: It’s great for your general wellbeing – both physical and mental health. Exercise not only makes you feel better, it helps you to sleep better and eat better. It’s important to remember your body was made to move.

What is the best approach for people who don’t like exercise or think it’s too hard?

Find an exercise you enjoy, whether it’s going to the gym or playing sport – not everyone has to like going to the gym.

What is the best way to get motivated to exercise?

Set yourself some goals, both long term and short term, and make sure they are achievable – all good things take time. Start to structure it into your life. It takes 21 days to create a habit, so once you get over the initial stages of it being really hard it becomes a lot easier.

 

Here is a quick and easy workout to get your body moving, which can be done anywhere.

Back-stepping lunges 12 reps (six each leg)

Box squats (slow) – use a chair or a high step. 10-15 reps

Squat jumps – 10 reps

Press-ups (knees or toes) – eight-10 reps

Bear crawl forward (4) bear crawl back (4) – eight-10 reps

Burpees – eight-10 reps

Sit up and reach – 10 reps

Plank with leg lift – 20 reps